Michigan's Ban on Gay Marriage Remains, for Now

By Dave Leval

March 7, 2013 Updated Mar 7, 2013 at 11:39 PM EDT

DETROIT, MI (My TV20 News at 10) --- "It's kind of hard." Yet, April Deboer remains hopeful she will be able to adopt a third child.

That one belongs to her partner, Jayne Rowse. The two Hazel Park women come to the Wayne State University Law School for a federal hearing.

They are hoping to overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.
But, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman took no action.

Deboer says: "It's been pretty difficult, it's not an easy decision for us by any mean, but, we are looking at the best interests for our children, and we think our children deserve two parents."

Deboer and Rowse can not adopt each other’s kids because they aren’t married. Voters approved the ban in 2004.

Michigan claims sexual orientation has never been a protected class.
But, the plaintiffs counter Michigan is relying on an outdated case from 1971.

A decision by the high court could come in June.

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to jointly adopt children, according to Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group.

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