Politics & Government
2:33 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Same-sex marriage backers launch education campaign in Michigan

Backers of same-sex marriage are launching what an education campaign that could eventually evolve into a ballot effort to reverse Michigan’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

“We want marriage and need marriage for all the same reasons that you do,” says Emily Dievendorf. “It certainly is ‘legal rights’, but it’s also we’re falling in love for all the same cheesy, beautiful reasons."
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Emily Dievendorf is part of the “Michigan for Marriage” campaign. She says Michiganders need to understand why gays and lesbians want the same ability to marry as heterosexuals. 

“We want marriage and need marriage for all the same reasons that you do,” says Dievendorf. “It certainly is ‘legal rights’, but it’s also we’re falling in love for all the same cheesy, beautiful reasons you have."

A federal judge recently struck down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.  The case is currently before a federal appeals court.

Dievendorf says if necessary, the education campaign can morph into a political campaign to put the issue on the 2016 ballot.