Same-sex marriages (SSM) in Michigan.
Current status; constitutional amendment;
activity; federal lawsuit by a
public opinion polls;
to allow discrimination by adoption agencies.
2004 to the present time:
In 2004, an amendment to the Michigan Constitution was approved by voters. It prevents the relationships of same-sex couples from being recognized by the state, either by allowing them to marry, or permitting them to enter into a civil union or domestic partnership. They are to be regarded as mere roommates. They and their children are devoid of protections that are automatically given to married opposite-sex couples.
Public opinion polls have shown a continual rise in support by the Michigan public for same-sex marriage. Support rose from 24% in 2004 to 57% by 2013-MAY.
April DeBoer of Detroit has adopted a special needs daughter. Ryanne, 3. Her same-sex partner of six years, Jayne Rowse, has adopted two special needs sons Jacob, 3 and Nolan, 4. State law prohibits them from jointly adopting their three children. If they were married, joint adoption would have been a routine procedure. They launched a lawsuit in federal court during 2012 to have the court change the adoption law. However, District Court judge Bernard Friedmans suggested that their underlying problem was actually the 2004 constitutional amendment that prohibits them from marrying. They altered the lawsuit accordingly. Oral arguments were held on 2013-JUL-10. The court's ruling was expected in 2013-OCT. However, it will now go to trial on 2014-FEB-25.
Topics covered in this section:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
notes. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Marriage for gay and lesbian couples," EqualityMichigan, undated, at: http://www.equalitymi.org/
- Joel Kurth, "Poll: Majority in Michigan now support gay marriage," Detroit News, 2013-MAY-14, at: http://www.detroitnews.com/
Copyright © 2013 & 2014 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Initially posted: 2013-AUG-09
Latest update: 2014-MAR-08
Author: B.A. Robinson