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Michigan Couple Challenges State's Marriage Amendment, Ban on Gay Adoption: VIDEO

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A Detroit couple already suing the state of Michigan over its ban on adoptions by unmarried couples has expanded their lawsuit to take on the state's marriage amendment, the Detroit News reports:

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who have three special-needs children, made the announcement Friday during a news conference with their legal team at the Penobscot Building.

The couple is the first to challenge the state's marriage amendment since it was passed in 2004.In the amended lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, the Hazel Park women are seeking to change the state's laws that prevent same-sex couples from marrying and adopting children.

The suit claims Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard are denying them the same constitutional rights afforded to heterosexual couples.

Watch the press conference held by the couple and their attorneys today, as well as a news report broadcast a week ago when they had not yet decided to expand their lawsuit, AFTER THE JUMP...

A news report from last week:

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  1. I wish them well but the reality is the whole US system was created to PREVENT any change. That's why it's so hard to move forward on anything in the US and that's why the US is so far behind other nations in human rights.

    The whole Constitution needs scrapping and we need fair and balanced judges. At the moment the right wing control everything including the Supreme Court. Until we stand up and demand change to the broken, corrupt system nothing will change.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 7, 2012 8:36:00 PM


  2. Admittedly, it's an imperfect world. But we have one very great advantage on the legal realm: a cogent argument that isn't self-referential.

    Posted by: BZ | Sep 7, 2012 9:00:29 PM


  3. Regardless of what happens, the theme song should be "It's raining Men!"

    Posted by: Louis Vuitton replica | Sep 8, 2012 4:38:53 AM


  4. Beautiful family!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Sep 8, 2012 10:15:47 AM


  5. It's should be noted that the couple has made this move because of comments the judge said when ruling they couldn't both adopt. He actually told them they should challenge the marriage thing because there unmarried status is what is preventing them from being able to adopt....they never went into this thing expecting to challenge the anti gay marriage law, just the anti gay couple adoption thing.

    Posted by: karen in kalifornia | Sep 9, 2012 5:39:49 PM


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