DeBoer v. Snyder
On January 23, 2012, private lawyers - joined later by the ACLU and Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders - filed a federal lawsuit in the 6th Circuit on behalf of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, who were seeking the freedom to jointly adopt their three children who they raised as foster moms. Michigan law currently prevents same-sex couples from jointly adopting children.
On August 29, 2012, the judge assigned to the case, U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman, explained that the constitutional amendment prohibiting the couple from adopting their children is the same amendment that prohibits the couple - and all same-sex couples in Michigan - from marrying. The lawsuit was then expanded to challenge the anti-marriage law in the state, and on July 1, 2013, Judge Friedman denied the defendants' motion to dismiss the lawsuit's challenge of the state constitutional amendment restricting marriage to different-sex couples. Opening briefs were filed in the case in July.
Oral arguments were heard on October 16, 2013, and Judge Friedman announced that he will issue a written opinion and that the case will proceed to trial. He has scheduled the trial for February 25, 2014.