Michigan adoption ban for unmarried couples in court

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The state of Michigan is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges a ban on adoption by unmarried couples.

The lawsuit is led by two Detroit-area lesbians who are raising three children.

State law says that April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse can’t adopt them as a couple, an option available only to heterosexual married couples.

DeBoer and Rowse say their civil rights are being violated.

Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman heard arguments on Aug. 29.

In a court filing, the state attorney general’s office says Friedman should defer to the judgment of Michigan lawmakers and dismiss the case.