Michigan Lawmaker Launches Effort to Repeal State’s Gay Marriage Ban

Michigan State Rep. Pam Byrnes announced a joint resolution on Saturday that would have to be approved by 2/3 of the state legislature before going to voters on the 2010 ballot. The measure would repeal the state's amendment declaring marriage between a man and a woman, the Chicago Tribune reports:

Byrnes "The proposal would be opposed at every step by many of the same
groups that successfully supported the 2004 campaign, including the
Catholic Church. The 2004 ballot measure passed by a 59 percent to
41 percent margin.
Byrnes said same-sex couples deserve the same rights as
opposite-sex couples in state law.
'No doubt, it will be a fight,' Byrnes said. 'But we're
seeing some attitudes change.' 
Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of
Michigan, said he doubts even a simple majority of the Democrat-led
House would overturn the 2004 statewide vote. 'But it does make for high drama, as political theater goes, to
announce such radical legislation during a homosexual 'rights'
rally, even though it'll never see the light of day thereafter,'
Glenn said."

Byrnes announced the legislation at a gay rights rally in Lansing. Recent polls show a "seismic" shift in support for same-sex marriage and gay rights issues in the state.