Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says he will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing the case before issuing his ruling on whether Michigan's ban on same sex marriages violates the U.S. Constitution.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of Hazel Park are challenging the constitutional amendment passed by voters in 2004 on the grounds it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The couple also wants to change Michigan's adoption law so they can adopt each other's children.
This week's trial was dominated by testimony from social scientists and other experts about research, or a lack of research, on children in same-sex households.
The state's final witness testified that in his studies in Canada, children of same-sex parents don't perform as well in school as those raised by married parents and testified he thinks homosexuals who don't repent will be damned to hell.
Rowse and DeBoer have been together for eight years. They’re raising three adopted children who have special needs, but they may not jointly adopt each other’s kids because they’re not married.