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Posted: Friday, 07 March 2014 4:20PM

OutCenter Optimistic Michigan's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Could Be Overturned

Closing arguments have ended in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004. Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says he expects to make a decision within two weeks. OutCenter board chairman Brian Savage is hoping the scales tip in the favor of marriage equality.


The trial was dominated by different views from scholars about the welfare of children raised by same-sex parents. Savage says the tide is turning toward marriage equality state by state.


Two Detroit-area women are trying to convince the judge that there's no "rational" basis under law for Michigan to ban same-sex marriage. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer of Hazel Park have been together for eight years. They're raising three adopted children who have special needs, but they can't jointly adopt each other's kids because they're not married. That could cause problems if one of the women dies.


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