Michigan News
12:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Michigan's Gay Marriage Trial In the Hands of the Judge

     

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they seek to adopt.

 Closing arguments have ended in a challenge to Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage, which was approved by voters in 2004.

Rick Pluta reports from Detroit Federal Court.

     Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Friday he expects to make a decision within two weeks.

     The trial was dominated by different views from scholars about the welfare of children raised by same-sex parents. 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.