Hazel Park couple to challenge Michigan ban on same-sex marriage

Hazel Park couple to challenge Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage

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Rowse (left) and DeBoer (right) spend time with their family in Hazel Park. (Credit: Amy Lange) Rowse (left) and DeBoer (right) spend time with their family in Hazel Park. (Credit: Amy Lange)
HAZEL PARK, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -

A Hazel Park couple plans to challenge the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

April DeBoer and her partner, Jayne Rowse, had filed suit against the governor and attorney general in their fight to jointly adopt their three special needs children. But a federal judge last week encouraged the couple to instead challenge the state's definition of marriage.

Judge Bernard Friedman said that's really the underlying issue in their quest for joint adoption. DeBoer and Rowse were certified by the state as a couple to foster the children, but the state only allowed them to adopt them as individuals. They want their children to have two legal parents.

The lawsuit, to be filed Friday, will be the first challenge to Michigan's 2004 law banning same sex marriage.

 

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