PO Box 15216
112 E. Allegan
on Proposal 2
Q. Do I vote “Yes” or “No” if I want to
protect traditional marriage as it exists today?
A. You should vote “Yes” on Proposal 2
Q. What does Proposal 2 do?
A. Proposal 2 will amend the Michigan Constitution to prohibit
same-sex marriages from being legalized by the legislature or
from being imposed by judges. It will also prohibit the courts
or future lawmakers from mandating civil unions or domestic partnerships,
similar to those created in Vermont.
Q. How does Proposal 2 change current public policy in the area
A. Proposal 2 protects current public policy, it doesn’t
really change anything .
Q. If it doesn’t really change anything, does that mean
same-sex marriage is already illegal? If so, is this Amendment really
A. Same-sex marriages are illegal in Michigan. In 1996, the Michigan
legislature passed a law to prohibit same-sex marriages. Unfortunately,
some courts and elected officials in other states have used state
constitutions to declare similar laws unconstitutional. It is
entirely possible for a judge in Michigan to interpret Art. I
Sec. 2 of the Michigan Constitution (“No person shall be
denied the equal protection of the laws”) so that they declare
our law unconstitutional. Proposal 2 will make it clear that this
important phrase is not misused to redefine marriage to include
Q. What does “or similar union” mean?
A. The term “similar union” is referring any relationship
intended to replace marriage, such civil unions or domestic partnerships.
Q. How do same-sex marriages affect my marriage?
A. While private relationships between same-sex partners will
not influence another couple’s marriage, redefining marriage
to include same-sex partners will undermine the institution of
marriage over time. Our common understanding of what marriage
is helps us recognize, discuss, protect and cherish the institution.
If it is redefined to include same-sex, multiple or intentionally
temporary unions, our culture will lack the ability to clearly
identify, protect and cherish the institution.
Q. Will this take away existing health benefits from children
of same-sex partners?
A. No. While opponents claim this will be a significant problem,
no child is in danger of losing benefits.
Q. Will unions or businesses be prohibited from negotiating contracts
that offer benefits to same-sex partners of employees.
A. No. Nothing in Proposal 2 can reasonably be interpreted to
interfere with the right of a union or private business to negotiate
benefits with their employees. Proposal 2 only prohibits the legal
recognition of same-sex unions by the state. The state of Michigan
will be prohibited from providing benefits to same-sex partners
of state employees if those benefits are provided based on marital
status, as most are.
Q. Will public universities be prohibited from providing benefits
to partners of employees?
A. Legal experts disagree on how much this may restrict public
universities. The Michigan Constitution grants universities significant
autonomy to govern themselves through their elected Boards. It
is reasonable to assume that state funds will be prohibited from
from going to same-sex partner benefits while other funding sources,
such as tuition, fees or donations, will be allowed to pay for
same-sex partner benefits.