Couple of moms file lawsuit to adopt

An Oakland County couple, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, filed today in U.S. District Court a suit to overturn the Michigan law that prevents them from jointly adopting children.

DeBoer and Rowse, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press, have been together for more than a decade, and are certified foster parents. Though DeBoer adopted their daughter, and Rowse adopted the couple’s two sons, DeBoer is prohibited from adopting the boys and Rowse is prohibited from adopting the girl because unmarried couples cannot adopt in Michigan.

That violates the Equal Protection Clause, they say.

The case has been assigned to Judge Bernard Friedman.

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