The state of Michigan is moving closer to adopting its own constitutional ban on gay marriage.
A state House committee approved a resolution today that would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
The measure will next be taken up by the full House. It must get a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate to go on the November second ballot. The voters must then pass the measure for it to be added to the constitution.
Michigan law already defines marriage as between one man and one woman. But a Republican lawmaker says adding an amendment to the state constitution will prevent legal challenges by gay couples seeking to marry.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan calls the measure unconstitutional because it treats one group of people differently from another.