Michigan court: Gay marriage, gambling proposals should go on ballot

Michigan voters should get to weigh in on proposed ballot initiatives related to gay marriage and gambling this November, the Michigan court of appeals ruled Friday.

State election officials were meeting Friday to enact the court orders so the proposals would appear on the November 2 ballot. The orders are clear, secretary of state spokeswoman Kelly Chesney said, and will not require a reconvening of the board of state canvassers.

One of the proposed constitutional amendments would define marriage in Michigan as a union between one man and one woman. The group supporting the initiative, Citizens for the Protection of Marriage,
gathered far more than the 317,757 signatures required to place the issue on the ballot. The court dispute concerned whether language on the proposal was incomplete or misleading.

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