State AG Schuette explains his appeal of gay marriage ruling

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he took an oath to uphold the constitution and that is why he is moving forward with his appeal of the gay marriage decision.

Last week a federal judge in Detroit overturned Michigan's Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Schuette immediately requested a stay, which was eventually granted and extended late indefinitely late Tuesday afternoon.

"You know constitutions aren't meant to be convenient and casually dismissed," Schuette said during a visit in Grand Rapids Tuesday. He was in town to announce plans to run for re-election. He says no matter the issue, it's his job to defend the constitution. "Right now I am defending Michigan's constitution that protects the pensions of cops and firefighters," Schuette said. "The constitution is worth fighting for and Michigan is worth fighting for."

Critics say the Attorney General Schuette is wasting tax dollars defending the ban. In February, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said state attorneys general are not forced to defend laws in their states that ban same-sex marriage if they believe it to be unconstitutional.

Schuette says ultimately it's up to the nation's high court. "The Supreme Court will make the final decision and whatever the Supreme Court does, that will be the law of the land and I will uphold the constitution." Schuette says he does not believe in selective enforcement, "It's not like a buffet line at cafeteria."

When asked whether the gay marriage issue will affect his re-election, Schuette said he encourages voters to look at all of his accomplishments in his first term.


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