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Michigan reacts to Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage

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Reaction in Michigan to the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions Wednesday in two gay marriage cases:
 
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"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states, not the federal government, retain the constitutional authority to define marriage.  Michigan's Constitution stands and the will of the people to define marriage as between one man and one woman endures in the Great Lakes State." -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
 
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"No one should face discrimination based on who they love. Gov. Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette must now take steps to recognize same-sex marriages from other states here in Michigan. As governor, I will work to make Michigan a more welcoming place to same-sex couples by protecting LGBT citizens under the Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act, and pushing to change Michigan's constitution." -- Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.
 
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"Today's Supreme Court rulings are victories for equality and for simple human dignity. I favored repeal of DOMA because it falls short of its ideal of equality under the law. The Supreme Court's recognition of that truth is in keeping with our best traditions and will give millions of Americans the legal protections to which they are fully entitled under our Constitution." -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.
 
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"Michigan's Marriage Protection Amendment remains in place, and marriage in Michigan remains only between one man and one woman, at least until the next lawyer in a black robe decides he has the power to overturn the vote of millions of Michigan citizens, including the two-thirds of black voters and two-thirds of union households who voted in favor of that amendment." -- Gary Glenn, president of American Family Association of Michigan.
 
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"In striking down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and tossing out Proposition 8 in California, the Supreme Court today affirmed that all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be treated fairly and recognized under the law." -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee.
 
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"The ACLU has been working for decades to secure the freedom to marry across the country. Today, we renew our commitment to this effort. We will work tirelessly to ensure that same-sex couples can legally marry in any state." -- Kary Moss, ACLU of Michigan executive director.
 
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"We will continue to promote the truth that marriage is and can only be the union of one man and one woman, and that children have the right to both a mother and father." -- Michigan Catholic Conference.
 
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"The Supreme Court's decision today ends an era of discrimination, and I will continue to fight for equal rights so that we can say with confidence that America is a place where anyone can have their chance to succeed." -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, and candidate for U.S. Senate.
 
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"Equality Michigan is proud to be working with our partners in Michigan and around the nation in leading the effort to get LGBT families in Michigan the equal rights a majority of Michigan voters believe they deserve." -- Emily Dievendorf, managing director of Equality Michigan.
 
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"Today's rulings have no effect on Michigan's current constitutional ban on gay marriage. Given that, the governor has a responsibility to uphold the Michigan Constitution and that's something he takes seriously and will continue to do. If voters decided to change Michigan's provision, he'd uphold and respect that as well. He's focused on Michigan's continued comeback, jobs, a healthy Michigan, and our kids." -- Sara Wurfel, spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Snyder.
 
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"These decisions by the United States Supreme Court will make significantly more difficult our work of upholding the truth that marriage is a lifelong covenant between one man and one woman. ... Catholics and millions of our fellow citizens will continue to make the case, respectfully yet vigorously, that marriage cannot be redefined, and that attempts to do so hurt us all." -- Detroit Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron.
 
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"I join with my fellow Episcopalians in rejoicing that the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled unconstitutional the Defense of Marriage Act, paving the way for equality under the law for all expressions of covenantal love. I pray that the State of Michigan will quickly follow suit. Meanwhile, the Episcopal Church will continue to bless both marriage between a man and a woman and the lifelong covenantal union of persons of the same gender." -- The Rev. Todd Ousley, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan.

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