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Michigan couple who challenged gay marriage ban to wed in August

Posted at 12:35 PM, Jul 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-21 12:39:55-04

HAZEL PARK, Mich. — April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, the Michigan couple whose lawsuit challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, will marry in August.

Dana Nessel, the couple’s attorney, said DeBoer and Rowse will marry Aug. 22 in Southfield.   They sued the state of Michigan after not being able adopt each other’s children.

Nessel said Federal Judge Bernard Friedman, who struck down Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage in their case, is going to officiate the wedding.   Friedman’s decision in their case was later appealed.

Rowse and DeBoer’s case later joined others from Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee which became part of the case heard before the U.S. Supreme Court.   In June, the court ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional.