A lesbian couple from Oakland County urged a federal judge Wednesday, August 29th, to allow them to jointly adopt three children despite a Michigan law that prevents unmarried couples from doing so. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a motion to dismiss the suit because Michigan does not allow unmarried people to jointly adopt children.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman delayed his ruling by 10 days, suggesting that the couple amend their lawsuit to launch a frontal assault on the legal barrier that prevents them from jointly adopting -- Michigan's constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying.
The parents involved are April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse. DeBoer is a neonatal nurse and Rowse is an emergency room nurse. They have been together for 10 years. Rowse adopted two boys who were abandoned by their mothers, and DeBoer adopted a girl whose mother surrendered her.