Michigan News
2:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Detroit Gay Marriage Trial Enters Day Four

The final witness for two women challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban is a Harvard University professor who has written a history of marriage in the U.S.

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

Nancy Cott is testified today in Detroit federal court on the fourth day of a rare trial. 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 attorney general's office will start presenting witnesses Monday. The state has defended the constitutional amendment as a way to promote family stability through households led by a man and a woman.
 
     Gay-marriage bans have been struck down in other states in recent weeks.