A federal judge has declined to issue a ruling on Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban, opting instead to wait on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on separate gay marriage cases it’s due to hear.
Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 defining marriage between a man and woman, and banning same-sex marriage. Gay rights supporters were hoping the case before Mr. Friedman might overturn that ban. The case was was to help decide the legal status of three children being raised by two Michigan women, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, USA Today reported.
Ms. DeBoer has an adopted daughter. Ms. Rowse has two adopted sons. And the couple wanted to have legal joint custody of all three. Michigan law prohibits unmarried couples from having joint custody, however, USA Today reports.
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Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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