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Michigan Attorney General Plans To "Aggressively Defend" Marriage Equality Ban

Michigan AG Bill Schuette has decided to shun the progress the U.S. has made in the past five years and instead fight tooth and nail fang and claw against an American minority group. Talking to the Petoskey News, Schuette declared that his belief in restricting marriage to opposite sex couples will guide his handling of civil rights in the state. 

"The real issue is what may or may not happen," Schuette said. "We have this marriage amendment in place. I'm going to defend it and defend it aggressively. I happen to think that is correct."

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling was issued in June, there has been speculation about whether a referendum on the marriage amendment could be on the ballot in 2014 or 2016.

The attorney general is currently serving out his first term in office and is expected to seek a second and final four-year term in 2014, which means a repeal of the amendment would force his office to do an about-face on its stance. 

Schuette says if voters decide to repeal the marriage amendment in the future, his office will make the legal adjustments necessary.

"I happen to think the amendment adopted by the people was correct, and whether there is amendment that goes a different way in 2014 or 2016 we'll see," Schuette said.