Federal judge to hear arguments in the fall on Michigan's gay marriage ban and adoption rights
4:10 PM, Jul 10, 2013
4:12 PM, Jul 10, 2013
DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge says he'll hear arguments Oct. 1 on the legality of Michigan's ban on gay marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Judge Bernard Friedman set the date Wednesday in what could be a ground-breaking lawsuit filed by two Detroit-area nurses who are lesbians.
Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer and three adopted children live under one roof in Hazel Park. But Michigan law bars the women from jointly adopting each other's kids.
At the judge's suggestion, the lawsuit was expanded last year to also challenge a 2004 constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage in Michigan as only between a man and a woman. Rowse and DeBoer say the amendment and the adoption law violate their rights.
Friedman recently turned down the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit.