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  • FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, 3, left, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich. A federal judge has struck down Michigan's ban on gay marriage, Friday, March 21, 2014, the latest in a series of decisions overturning similar laws across the U.S. The two nurses who've been partners for eight years claimed the ban violated their rights under the U.S. Constitution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

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    State gay marriage laws are under attack in courts across the land, but the legal battle over gay marriage in Michigan has broken new ground as a federal court has weighed — and rejected — research questioning the impact of same-sex unions on children.

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    Michigan has spent about $40,000 so far on experts whose testimony at a trial over gay marriage was panned as a "fringe viewpoint" by the judge.

  • Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer walk outside Federal Courthouse before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Detroit.  Lisa Brown of Oakland County, the elected clerk of a Detroit-area county says she'll follow the orders of a judge when it comes to same-sex marriage, not Michigan's attorney general.  Brown was asked about an email last fall from the attorney general's office, which warned county clerks not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even if a judge threw out the ban. Michigan voters banned gay marriage in 2004. In a lawsuit, Detroit-area nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse say that violates the U.S. Constitution.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Disputed study's author testifies on gay marriage

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  • Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer walk outside Federal Courthouse before a trial that could overturn Michigan's ban on gay marriage in Detroit on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Detroit.  Lisa Brown of Oakland County, the elected clerk of a Detroit-area county says she'll follow the orders of a judge when it comes to same-sex marriage, not Michigan's attorney general.  Brown was asked about an email last fall from the attorney general's office, which warned county clerks not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even if a judge threw out the ban. Michigan voters banned gay marriage in 2004. In a lawsuit, Detroit-area nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse say that violates the U.S. Constitution.  (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

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  • Jerry Bowman, left, and David Strzepek join other supporters of Social Security benefits for same sex couples during a marriage equality rally Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in Springfield, Ill. Illinois lawmakers return to the Capitol Tuesday for the final week of veto session and are expected to consider gay marriage legislation. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

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  • Illustration Same-sex parents by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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  • In this 2011 family photo, lesbian couple Giuseppina La Delfa (left) and Raphaelle Hoedts (right) celebrate the eighth birthday of their daughter, Lisa-Marie, in Naples, Italy. (Associated Press)

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  • In this 2011 family photo, lesbian couple Giuseppina La Delfa (left) and Raphaelle Hoedts (right) celebrate the eighth birthday of their daughter, Lisa-Marie, in Naples, Italy. (Associated Press)

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