Adoption granted for children of couple in gay marriage case

AP News
|
Posted: Nov 05, 2015 2:25 PM

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A same-sex couple from Michigan has jointly adopted five children, closing a case that started when they challenged the state's restrictions on adoption and helped pave the way for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage.

The adoptions by Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer were granted Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court, just north of Detroit.

The couple is raising the children at their Hazel Park home. They sued the state in 2012, initially challenging Michigan's restrictions on joint adoption and later the ban on gay marriage at the suggestion of the judge in the case.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman overturned the state's gay marriage ban in 2014. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples have a right to marry.

Rowse and DeBoer married in August.