By Matthew Frank Kot
Right across the river from where I live, is the State of Michigan. I can see Michigan from my back yard! So close, yet so far. I don't have a passport, so crossing the bridge into Michigan, not gonna happen for me. But Michigan and Canada, are definitely intertwined. Whatever happens in Canada heavily impacts the people of Michigan, and whatever happens in Michigan, Canadians pay attention to as well. Right now, all signs point to Michigan legalizing same-sex marriage very shortly. Women can marry women, and men can marry men. That will be a golden day in the state's history.
Fortunately, the Constitutional ban on gay marriage that 58% of Michigan voters endorsed in 2004, people don't agree with that anymore. A recent Michigan State University poll shows that a majority of Michiganers, 54%, support same-sex marriage. That's a drastic change from even four years ago. In 2010, a majority of citizens, they still opposed same-sex marriage. But the opinion polls, that's only one sign.
Last week, a federal court judge struck down the Constitutional ban on gay marriage! It's unconstitutional, the judge said, to force the people of a state to only accept straight marriages. Not too long ago, in the state of Utah, a judge struck down the ban there too! And for a while, gays and lesbians, they were allowed to marry. In Michigan, it won't be long. Same-sex couples will soon have the right to marry in Michigan. Definitely. And it won't stop in Michigan. The dominoes are falling into place. By the end of the decade, by 2020, I'm certain that over half of America's 50 states, if not more, will be accepting gay marriages.
About The Author
Matthew Frank Kot was born and raised here in Sault Ste Marie. He first starting writing articles for Soonews.ca in early 2008, becoming the city's youngest columnist and journalist. He then went on to write for Local2, and for a short time had his "MATTer of Opinion" column on SaultOnline.com. Matthew was very involved in the 2010 and 2014 Municipal Elections and wrote several opinion pieces about important issues. In 2011, Matthew started Sault Transit Reform and has continued advocating for a better transit system since then.