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Snyder takes no stand on the issue of gay marriage in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -

You have to wonder what Gov. Rick Snyder really thinks, deep-down inside, about expanding the state civil rights act to include members of the LGBT community.

Capitol scribes and His Honor have had a protracted cat and mouse game about the issue.  Reporters keep asking and he keeps repeating the same old same old response.

It surfaced again the other day when it appeared that there might be a host  of gay marriages popping up all over the state. That didn't materialize, but this question did.

Are you ready to expand the state civil rights to include gays?

Governor:  "I haven't really looked at that in terms of the things we're working on.  I've really been focused on more and better jobs?

Follow-up: So this is not on your agenda?

With a slight chuckle, the governor, recalling that he used that to describe his earlier non-stance on Right to Work, offers this, "That would be your description.  I'm a little more cautious about using that term these days," and then he chuckles again.

The LGBT community is not chuckling. It patiently waits for somebody to make the move to make sure they can't be fired from a job or denied housing based on their sexual orientation or as one liberal democrat puts it, based on "who they are and who they love."

There are some bi-partisan private discussions unfolding on that but so far nothing concrete.  It may come down to timing.  It does not appear to be imminent and the governor will not lead the charge.

But given that, you still have to wonder if this governor was in his second term and did not have to fret about getting re-elected, what would he do?

There are some in this town who would bet some loose change that he might actually embrace it although you'd be hard press to glean that from his public statements.  He clearly wants nothing to do with it now. 

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