Washington D.C. Lesbian Michigan Couple Argues for Same-Sex Marriage in Front of U.S. Supreme Court
In the biggest case for gay-rights--the U.S. Supreme Court heard testimony for and against gay marriage to be legalized in all 50 states.
Michigan is one of the four states being represented to overturn the ban.
Same-sex marriage plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse from Michigan pitched their case for marriage equality.
“We’re very optimistic everybody had questions pro against so we just have to see what happens and see how this is all decided by them,” said April DeBoer.
The women are fighting for marriage equality so both of them can have legal custody of their 4 adopted children. Jayne adopted two children and April adopted the other two. As they both argued their case Jayne said the justices didn’t reveal their cards so they don’t know which way they will decide.
“If it doesn’t go our way, we’ll figure it out that’s another case down the road,” said Jayne Rowse.
Outside the Supreme Court rowdy demonstrators on both sides of the same-sex marriage case spoke out.
“Homosexual so-called marriage will always be wrong,” said protester Peter LaBarbera from Birmingham, Michigan.
LaBarbera said the moral law of God is above politics and believes marriage should just be between a man and a woman.
“It will be the Roe V Wade of this issue if the court steps in and says we’re going to nationalize it just like Roe nationalized abortion.” Said LaBarbera.
However just feet away gay rights supporter Brad Flynn said he’s proud April and Jayne can represent Michigan in this landmark case. “Its one of the great civil rights challenges of our of time and having a concrete way of participating in it and contributing to it has been very very valuable to me.”
For April and Jayne, they will go back home and hope the justices will rule their way.
“Marriage equality I think will win in the end,” said Rowse.
Now that the hearings are done, the 9 justices will review the case for the next couple months before making a final decision in late June or early July.