Michigan's witnesses next in state's gay-marriage trial

DETROIT (WXYZ) - It is the state of Michigan's turn to present evidence in the trial over the future of gay marriage.

The trial is resuming Monday in Detroit federal court. Michigan voters banned gay marriage in 2004, but two Detroit-area nurses are asking a judge to throw it out, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution.

The state's witness list includes economists and sociologists. The state has defended the constitutional amendment as a way to promote stable families through households led by a man and a woman.

Oakland County's elected clerk, Lisa Brown, is expected to testify on her own behalf. Oakland is where April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse can't get a marriage license.

Brown is expected to say she supports same-sex marriage.

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