Federal judge may rule on legality of Michigan’s gay marriage ban

I just don’t understand why people think they can take away someone else’s rights just because they disagree with it. Of course mankind has been doing that since our existence began.

DETROIT (Reuters) – A federal judge may rule as soon as Wednesday on the legality of a gay marriage ban that Michigan voters placed in their state constitution nine years ago.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a lesbian couple from suburban Detroit, are challenging the state ban on same-sex marriage and a law that prevents single people from jointly adopting children in Michigan.

DeBoer has adopted a girl and Rowse two boys, and the couple has lived together for more than six years. Seen by the state as single people living together, however, they are not allowed to adopt each other’s children jointly.

A married heterosexual couple would be allowed to jointly adopt each others’ children under state law. DeBoer and Rowse have told the court they would marry if the ban were lifted.

They first challenged Michigan’s adoption law in 2012 in federal court in Detroit and later expanded the lawsuit to contest the marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman in July ruled that they were entitled to their day in court.

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