Couple Challenging Michigan Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Adoption Law [AUDIO]
Update: Federal Judge Bernard Friedman opted to stay his decision regarding Michigan’s same sex marriage ban, preferring to wait until the United State Supreme Court rules on similar cases. Those decisions are expected in June.
Michigan residents April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are challenging Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and the state’s adoption code that prohibits them from adopting children together.
DeBoer and Rowse have been in a relationship for over a decade and have three special-needs children who had been abandoned and surrendered at birth. The couple say that the Michigan Adoption Code, which prohibits joint adoption for their kids, as well as thousands of other children in households like theirs across the state, violates their rights to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution.
Attorney Dana Nessel will be arguing in behalf of DeBoer and Rowse against the unconstitutionality of these laws in a hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 7th. The Judge hearing the matter, Bernard Friedman, recently ordered a change of venue to Wayne State University Law School to accommodate the strong public interest in this case.
Nessel spoke to WFNT’s Jason Cooper this morning. Hear the conversation in its entirety below: