(a) The marriage contract is to be considered in law as a civil contract. Marriage shall be constituted by one man and one woman only. All other marriages are declared to be contrary to the public policy of this state and are void.(b) No relationship, other than a marriage, shall be recognized by the state as entitling the parties to the rights or incidents of marriage.
Notes 1 In Kansas and Missouri, marriage bans were struck down by their relevant appeals court but licenses are only issued in select counties. 2 Marriages were entered into before the relevant rulings were stayed, and are recognised by the federal government. Over 300 "window marriages" are also recognised by the state government of Michigan. 3 Only for the purposes of death certificates.