January 22, 2014
Last week, two new sets of lawyers joined the challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban. DeBoer v. Snyder was filed by a same-sex couple seeking adoption rights, and the case was later expanded to take on both the state’s anti-gay adoption law and its same-sex marriage ban.
Lawyers for the ACLU and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) are now joining the plaintiffs’ legal team. Vickie Henry of GLAD filed a notice of appearance, along with Joshua Block and Leslie Cooper of the ACLU.
The news came shortly after it was announced that the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is joining the Tenth Circuit appeal in the challenge to Utah’s same-sex marriage ban.
The DeBoer trial will take place on February 25, and will be split into two parts, the first part addressing the constitutionality of Michigan’s adoption and same-sex marriage bans, and the second part will address the questions over the level of judicial scrutiny that should be applied to classifications based on sexual orientation, if the court thinks it’s necessary to resolve that issue after conducting the first part of the trial.
Thanks to Kathleen Perrin for this filing
For more information on DeBoer v. Snyder from The Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse, click here.
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