Michigan couple prepares for Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage

Posted at 5:30 PM, Apr 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-23 17:30:00-04

HAZEL PARK, Mich.-- If someone were to ask Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer what their family is like, they would say they are like everyone else.

Their home is filled with love that surrounds them in the form of four kids, a dog and a foster baby.

"People ask us all the time, 'are we excited about making history,' we say, 'we never thought about it, we never thought we would be here,'" Rowse said.

The couple is preparing to head to the nation's capital, where in less than a week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments both for and against same-sex marriage.

"It's hard to imagine," DeBeor said. "We set out to adopt kids. We did not set out to get married or change the United States.

The couple's fight began in 2012 when they tried to adopt each other's children, which isn't allowed in the state of Michigan.

A federal judge ruled that Michigan's ban violates the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution.

While the couple lost their case at the Sixth Circuit Court of appeals, they're hoping the highest court will bring them a victory.

"We're seeing the end of the road and hopefully a decision where we can be a legal family," DeBeor said.

On Tuesday, cases will be heard from not only Michigan, but also Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky.

A ruling is expected to come down in June.

FOX 17 will have a crew in Washington D.C. during the arguments.