June 25, 2013

Lesbian couple in Michigan same-sex marriage case to comment on SCOTUS ruling tomorrow (Wednesday, June 26)

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule tomorrow on two major same-sex marriage cases, and a press briefing at Wayne State University Law School in the atrium of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights will take place at noon tomorrow (Wednesday, June 26).

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of Hazel Park, a lesbian couple hoping to overturn the state of Michigan’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, will be present for the press briefing, as will their attorneys and Wayne Law’s Distinguished Professor of Law Robert Sedler — a world-renowned expert on constitutional law who has been consulting at length on the DeBoer case.

The couple, both nurses who work in Detroit, seek the right to marry legally so they can have joint custody of their three adopted children, and the SCOTUS decision could have a major impact on their case.

The DeBoer case is in U.S. District Court before Judge Bernard Friedman, who suggested early in the proceedings that the women expand their case to challenge the same-sex marriage ban. The complaint was amended to do that. Friedman heard arguments in the case in March at the Law School — an event that drew dozens of reporters — and delayed decision until the Supreme Court decides its same-sex marriage cases.


Brianna Ellison
Phone: 313-577-0717
Email: Brianna.ellison@wayne.edu

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