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Michigan county clerk drops defense of state ban on marriage equality in DeBoer

The outgoing county clerk of Oakland County, Michigan, Bill Bullard, files a request with the district court hearing the DeBoer challenge to the state’s marriage equality ban asking to withdraw a motion to dismiss the case in which he defended the ban’s constitutionality.

Continue Leave a Comment February 12, 2013

Michigan Couple Challenges State’s Marriage Equality Ban

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer file an amended complaint in a Michigan district court arguing that the state’s marriage amendment, which limits marriage to heterosexual couples, violates gay and lesbian Michiganders’ equal protection and due process laws.

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Federal Judge Encourages Michigan Couple to Challenge State Ban on Marriage Equality

District Court Judge Bernard Friedman, a George W. Bush appointee, invites a gay couple whose adoption suit he is hearing to amend their lawsuit to challenge Michigan’s constitutional ban on marriages for gay and lesbian couples. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer had been before the court seeking to adopt their three children as a couple, since Michigan law only allows each child to be adopted by one of the women.

Continue Leave a Comment August 29, 2012