DETROIT - U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman heard closing arguments in the trial challenging the state's gay marriage ban and adoption laws on Friday, but did not make a decision, saying it will take him at least a week to go through all of the evidence presented during the last eight days of arguments.
Ken Mogill conducted the closing arguments for the plaintiffs, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a Hazel Park couple challenging the legality of the state's Adoption Code prohibiting same-sex couples from jointly adopting children and the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. The women have lived together for six years. During that time, Ms. DeBoer has adopted a child and Ms. Rowse has adopted two children. They wish to jointly adopt the three children.
DETROIT - Outside of the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse in Detroit on Friday April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, plaintiffs in the case against the state's same-sex marriage ban and Adoption Code, said they're grateful for their day in court, but look forward to getting home to their kids.
Sen. Rebekah Warren announced Friday that, despite urging from many, she had decided not to run for Congress against Debbie Dingell and would instead seek re-election to her Senate seat.
Sen. Roger Kahn and Rep. Joe Haveman have met and discussed a supplemental appropriations bill that is otherwise in limbo between the two chambers, but they're leaving the two biggest points of contention, the Health Insurance Claims Assessment shortfall and one-time funding for roads this spring, for leadership to hash out on Monday.
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