Meekhof Issues Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, this afternoon issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage:

“I have always believed that marriage is the union of one man and one woman before God. While I respect the decision made today by the Supreme Court, I am concerned by the Court’s decision to disregard states’ rights in favor of the federal government.

I share the belief of many Americans that marriage should not be relegated to an agreement defined by the federal government, but rather as a sacred bond made within one’s religion and before God. Marriage is the fundamental building block of family and of our society and while families come in many forms, marriage should be held in high regard as a religious covenant.

I join many men and women who are disappointed by the Court’s ruling and I will take time to consider any measures that seek to protect religious freedom in Michigan.”

Meekhof Issues Statement on Legislation to Protect Faith-based Adoption Agencies

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senator Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today released the following statement on the passage of House bills 4188-90, which protect faith-based adoption agencies under state law.

“As many people know, this issue is close to my heart and for that reason, in addition to many others, I felt it was time to take action on this legislative package. There are a number of adoption agencies in Michigan with various missions, from Catholic to Methodist. There are even agencies that focus on specific ethnic backgrounds as part of their mission.

“This legislation protects the valuable role those different agencies play in our communities, provides positive choices for families and codifies decades of existing policy that have helped place thousands of vulnerable children in loving homes.

“No child should go without a loving home because of state regulations and this legislation prevents just that from happening.”