News Release: MCC Urges Michigan House to Pass Legislation that Removes Government Barrier to Marriage

A loving husband kisses his smiling wife's forehead on their wedding day

June 7, 2018

(Lansing, Mich.) — A bill that would allow Family Independence Program (FIP) participants to retain their state benefit after marriage is a common-sense measure that should move through the full House of Representatives before summer recess, Michigan Catholic Conference stated today.

“We are grateful to Chairwoman Daire Rendon as well as Vice-chairs Jeff Noble and Frank Liberati for their leadership in passing common sense, bipartisan legislation that removes a government barrier to marriage,” said MCC Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy Tom Hickson. “People should not base their decision on whether or not to get married based on a governmental rule. Marriage is a great economic stabilizer, and this legislation will allow people to decide to get married without fear of immediately losing their benefit. The bill should pass out of the full House before summer recess.”

Senate Bill 752 moved out of the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee this morning after already having passed the full Senate in early March with wide, bipartisan support.

Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

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