Marriage between same sex, invalidity
Sec. 1. Marriage is inherently a unique relationship between a man and a woman. As a matter of public policy, this state has a special interest in encouraging, supporting, and protecting that unique relationship in order to promote, among other goals, the stability and welfare of society and its children. A marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex is invalid in this state.
(Michigan Compiled Laws Ann. section 551.1)
Marriages solemnized in another state validated; exclusion of same sex marriages
Sec. 1. (1) Except as otherwise provided in this act, a marriage contracted between a man and a woman who are residents of this state and who were, at the time of the marriage, legally competent to contract marriage according to the laws of this state, which marriage is solemnized in another state within the United States by a clergyman, magistrate, or other person legally authorized to solemnize marriages within that state, is a valid and binding marriage under the laws of this state to the same effect and extent as if solemnized within this state and according to its laws .
(2) This section does not apply to a marriage contracted between individuals of the same sex, which marriage is invalid in this state under section 1 of chapter 83 of the revised statutes of 1846, being section 551.1 of the Michigan Compiled Laws.
(Michigan Compiled Laws Ann. section 551.271)
The Validity of Out-of-State Same Sex Marriages in Michigan,
Attorney General Opinion #7160 (Sept. 14, 2004)
Union of one man and one woman as only agreement recognized as marriage or similar union
To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage for our society and for future generations of children, the union of one man and one woman in marriage shall be the only agreement recognized as a marriage or similar union for any purpose.
(Michigan Constitution, Article I, Section 25, approved by the electorate on November 2, 2004)
Constitutionality of City Providing Same Sex Domestic Partner Benefits
Attorney General Opinion #7171 (March 16, 2005)
Citizens for the Protection of Marriage v. Bd. of State Canvassers
Bd. of Canvassers breached its duties to certify marriage amendment petition where it was in proper form and had sufficient signatures.