Local couple hopes SCOTUS ruling will help same-sex adoption case

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - Wednesday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act could significantly impact a high-profile case in Michigan.

Partners Jayne Rowse and Julie DeBoer are challenging Michigan law that prohibits them from adopting children together since they cannot legally be married.

"Once I realized what they were saying, it kind of gave me a little bit of relief that maybe, we might be seeing the beginning of the end of this case," said DeBoer, speaking at a press conference held at Wayne State University's Law School.

The judge presiding over their case said he would wait until the Supreme Court made a decision before writing his opinion.

Today's ruling still let's states decide if same sex couples can get married, but under the equal protection clause, the justices struck down a key portion of DOMA, saying same-sex married couples can't be denied rights that opposite-sex married couples receive. In the opinion, justices also wrote DOMA humiliated children of same sex couples, and brought financial hardship on their families.

"For them to specifically target the kids made me see that they did see the whole picture," said Rowse.
While celebrating the rulings, Rowse and DeBoer's attorney said any decision made in their case will likely be appealed by either side.

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