Definition of Marriage Takes Center Stage in Michigan

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DETROIT (Feb 24, 2014) — The definition of marriage takes center stage in Michigan this week.

The highly anticipated trial begins Tuesday in Detroit. A federal judge will confront the issues of children, parenting, and religion. The trial may redefine the state’s laws on gay marriage and adoption.

The case involves two nurses from Oakland County. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse sued in January 2012. They argue the state’s gay marriage and adoption bans violate their rights of adopting each other’s children.

According to the Detroit Free Press, both sides claim to have science on their side. The state argues that Michigan voters have already spoken on the issue, approving a constitutional amendment that defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

One of several lawyers fighting to overturn the ban says gay couples are just as loving and capable as straight couples and deserve the same rights to families.

The trial is expected to last eight days.

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  • kenr

    The gays want mentally heathly people to tell them it is okay to be this way, but it is not okay even if you change the definition of a word . It is still a sin and a mental defect. I do believe you can still go to heaven , as we all sin but don't try to get us to make you feel good about your decisions.
    drop this crap , and just live you own lives………..stop changing things to make you feel accepted.
    It doesn't matter how many things you change , you have not changed the minds in america.

  • CValner

    The U.S. Constitution was written so that government could neither infringe upon people's right to worship as they so choose nor could religion infringe on people's civil rights. Since The Supreme Court has deemed marriage to be a fundamental right in this country. It is this definition of marriage with which I concern myself. I find it sad that so many marriages end in divorce, that so many children are being raised without the love and support of two parents. However, I don't think the gender of those two parents is anywhere near as important as the love, stability and care that those parents nurture on their children. Nor is the raising of children the sole purpose of marriage. Many people marry who can't have or don't want children. Or like myself, have already had children and are now past child bearing.

    My partner of over 14 years and I have 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren aged 14 years to 5 months between us. We love them all. Both they and we look forward to the day when our marriage is recognized as just as legal as our children's marriages. It is NOT just about benefits. We would pay more in taxes as a married couple than we do as 2 single people. My partner is already listed as beneficiary on my Ford pension. It is, and always has been about love and commitment. It is in the best interests of the three DeBoer-Rowse children to have two legally married parents. I support them whole heartedly in their efforts to protect the family they love.