Federal Judge Rules Michigan's Ban On Gay Marriage Unconstitutional
Monday, March 24, 2014
(Detroit, MI) -- Two Michigan nurses are overjoyed that a federal judge is overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage and allowing them to tie the knot.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed a lawsuit against Michigan's same-sex marriage ban. The Michigan Marriage Amendment was approved by voters in 2004 and says marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Judge Bernard Friedman said the ban violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. It's the latest of several federal court rulings against bans on same-sex marriage.
April DeBoer said she's overjoyed.
Attorney Dana Nessel represented DeBoer and Jayne Rowse in their challenge of Michigan's same-sex marriage ban.
DeBoer and Jayne Rowse received the news that their lawsuit was successful at their home in Hazel Park.