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Same-Sex Parenting Trial In Detroit

Feb 25, 2014

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the three special needs children they are raising and hope to legally adopt
Credit michiganmarriagechallenge.com

The State of Michigan’s highly anticipated gay marriage trial began Tuesday in Detroit, where a Federal judge will hear the pros and cons of raising children in same-sex families and rule on the definition of marriage in Michigan. 

  update Tuesday 4:00 PM

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Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta provided live updates during Tuesday's trial:

Stay tuned to 89.1 WEMU for a recap on the matter during All Things Considered with Bob Eccles.

Update Tuesday 10:20 am

From the Associated Press

Two Detroit-area nurses challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage are in a federal courtroom in Detroit as the trial gets underway today.  Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer walked past more than a dozen protesters who held signs supporting heterosexual marriage. DeBoer told reporters today, "Nothing says family like a marriage license." 

They're asking federal Judge Bernard Friedman to strike down a Michigan constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman. They say it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.  The trial could last two weeks. Sociologists and other scholars will testify about marriage, children and family.