(WLNS) – Oral arguments in the same-sex marriage cases have concluded before the U.S. Supreme Court. Michigan is one of four states asking the Court to decide if the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex couples to marry. There are 37 states that currently recognize equality, while Michigan does not.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are the Michigan couple who filed suit. Mary Bonauto of the Boston-based Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders presented arguments on their behalf today. Bonauto spoke of marriage being the foundation of family. Justice Anthony Kennedy, during the opposing argument, said that a biological relationship between parents and children is not necessary for bonding.
“I believe the Court gave us a fair hearing, and I look forward to the day same-sex couples are not excluded from the joy, the security, and the full citizenship signified by the freedom to marry,” said Bonauto.
DeBoer and Rowse are hospital nurses who have adopted four children. They challenged Michigan’s adoption code so they could jointly adopt their children rather than as “single” individuals and provide the children with two legal parents. They then challenged Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban since it keeps the two, and the children, from being recognized as a legal family. “This journey has been emotional and life-changing,” said Rowse.
Along with Michigan’s case, arguments from cases in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee were heard as part of the group Obergefell v. Hodges. Audio from today’s arguments are to be available at 2 p.m. EST at http://www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/oral_arguments.aspx. A ruling is expected at the end of June.