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Democratic lawmakers propose bills to repeal same-sex marriage ban in Michigan

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Democratic lawmakers in Lansing are proposing a group of bills that would repeal Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage.

This legislation comes a little over a month before the Supreme Court will take up the Michigan case on the legality of same sex marriage.

State Rep. Jeremy Moss, D-Southfield, says they are introducing these bills now because Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of 300 same sex couples who were married in Michigan.

Michigan is one of the last states with a ban on same-sex marriage in our state constitution according to Moss, and he feels it's time for this to change.

"It's important that Michigan is on the right side of history," Moss says.

Democrats have shown wider approval for same-sex marriage, but the GOP's control of the state's House and Senate poses problems for the legislation. However, Moss believes these bills are representative of citizen's support for eliminating the ban and he hopes that if it is not passed, the people of the state will continue to voice their opinions on the issue to lawmakers.

"We should be proactive on the fight for human rights and dignity and recognition for everybody," Moss says.

Moss is one of two openly gay members in the Michigan Legislature this session and he says he simply wants the same rights for everyone.

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