Same-sex couple tries to overturn state ban (by unmarried couples) on adoption
Same-sex couple tries to overturn state ban on adoption
HAZEL PARK, MI (AP) -- Two women are suing the state of Michigan to try to overturn a state ban on adoption by unmarried couples.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse each have adopted children on their own. But they'd like to adopt the children as a couple, which is an option only for heterosexual married couples.
The women are nurses who live together with three children in Hazel Park, a Detroit suburb.
The Michigan Constitution bans same-sex marriage, and a separate law bans adoption by unmarried couples. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Detroit claims the women's civil rights are being violated.