August wedding for Detroit-area couple in gay marriage case

Daniel Mears, APFrom left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel.

Daniel Mears, AP
From left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel.

Daniel Mears, APFrom left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer's attorney Dana Nessel.

Daniel Mears, AP
From left, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse with DeBoer’s attorney Dana Nessel.

HAZEL PARK, Mich. –— Two Detroit-area nurses whose lawsuit erased Michigan‘s ban on gay marriage will exchange vows in August.

Their attorney, Dana Nessel, says April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse will be married on Aug. 22 in Southfield. Federal Judge Bernard Friedman, who struck down the gay-marriage ban, will officiate, as The Associated Press reported in June.

DeBoer and Rowse sued the state after they couldn’t jointly adopt each other’s children. That case grew into a challenge to a Michigan constitutional amendment that recognized marriage only between a man and a woman.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples have a right to marry.

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