April DeBoer

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.

     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.

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Michigan News
9:37 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Day 6 Testimony in Detroit Gay Marriage Trial

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they are raising together. The couple seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and to adopt the children.
Credit michiganmarriagechallenge.com

 A university economist says children raised by heterosexual couples have a much greater chance of making normal progress through school than kids living with same-sex parents.

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Michigan News
5:57 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Gay Marriage Trial To Resume In Detroit Today

Jayne Rowse, April DeBoer and the children they are raising together. The couple seeks to overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage and to adopt the children.
Credit michiganmarriagechallenge.com

(Detroit)-A University of Texas professor will face a vigorous cross-examination in the trial over Michigan's gay-marriage ban.  Mark Regnerus is returning to the witness chair this morning in Detroit federal court. He testified Monday for the state of Michigan. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette  is defending a 2004 constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage as only between a man and a woman. 

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Community
11:03 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Michigan LGBT Community Closely Following DeBoer-Rowse Case

Credit Equality Michigan

People across Michigan are closely following the trial of a lesbian couple challenging Michigan's ban on marriage and adoption by same sex couples.  The trial began Tuesday with April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse seeking the ability to marry and adopt each other's children.  

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Michigan News
10:20 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Same-Sex Parenting Trial In Detroit

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

The State of Michigan’s highly anticipated gay marriage trial began Tuesday in Detroit, where a Federal judge will hear the pros and cons of raising children in same-sex families and rule on the definition of marriage in Michigan. 

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