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Michigan lawmakers advise officials to ignore marriage equality ruling

Michigan lawmakers advise officials to ignore marriage equality ruling

Michigan Republican Tom Hooker wants the battle against marriage equality to continue

Three Michigan lawmakers want state officials to ignore the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Last week state Representative Tom Hooker read part of his proposed resolution at a religious freedom rally held in Lansing, the state capital.

‘The Supreme Court is not a Legislature,’ the Republican said, according to Michigan Live. ‘Courts do not substitute their social and economic beliefs for the judgement of legislative bodies or elected and passed laws.’

Hooker’s proposal reads, in part, that Michigan officials should ‘reclaim this state’s sovereignty by not recognizing or enforcing’ Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that found state same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

State Senator Patrick Colbeck, also a Republican, spoke to the crowd, estimated to be in the hundreds. He promises to submit a similar resolution in the upper chamber.

The resolutions, if passed, are non-binding. Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette have maintained the state must follow the high court’s ruling.

Despite this, local politicians will keep fighting.

‘Make no mistake, when government destroys God, government becomes God,’ state Representative Lee Chatfield said to the crowd, according to Michigan Live. ‘And that should be a frightening thing for the United States of America and the state of Michigan.’

Chatfield plans to co-sponsor Hooker’s resolution.

The event was sponsored by Salt & Light Global. According to the site’s website the group works so ‘that each person who professes Jesus Christ as Lord is commissioned to disciple nations and cast out darkness.’