Monday, 11 March 2013 19:11

Lesbian Mothers Who Question The Marriage Equality Ban In Michigan Must Wait For The Decision Of The U.S. Supreme Court

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We will have to await the decision of the federal judge on the case of two lesbian mothers who hope to jointly adopt children and who question the marriage equality ban, and the civil unions ban, in Michigan.

We know that the Supreme Court of the United States must make a decision on the prohibition of marriage equality in California and on two cases about DOMA. Its decision will be made during the month and many judges also wait before making their own decisions on challenges against the marriage equality ban in their state.

Federal judge Bernard Friedman is one of those judges who prefer to wait before ruling on the case of Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer.
Rowse and DeBoer, together for 13 years, were forced to choose one legal parent for their children due to the non-recognition of their union.

«I lose the right to make medical decisions for my boys,» DeBoer says. «I can't enroll my boys in school. I am on an emergency card at school — I am listed as just an emergency contact person. I am not a parent. I am nothing.»

And worse, as reported by NPR, if Rowse died, DeBoer should go to court to try to adopt the two boys.

They are now representatives of the LGBT community in Michigan and try to repeal the constitutional prohibition of marriage equality and civil union, adopted in 2004.

Michigan is considered as the worse state for the community because it has the most restrictive laws for same-sex couples.