Michigan Couple Adoption
January 25, 2012 by staff
Michigan Couple Adoption, A lsbn couple from Hazel Park sued the governor in federal court Monday to overturn a state law blocking unmarried couples from adopting children.
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse allege the state law violates the Equal Protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
They asked a federal judge to block Gov. Rick Snyder, Attorney General Bill Schuette and state judges from enforcing the law.
“The undisputed sociological and psychological evidence demonstrates that unmarried persons, straight, gay or lsbn, are no less loving, caring and effective parents than those parents who are married to each other. In addition, there are very significant legal benefits for children having two legal parents rather than one,” the couple’s lawyers, Dana Nessel and Carole Stanyar, wrote in the complaint.
The couple’s complaint might be more appropriate for the Legislature to address because it has the power to amend laws, said Snyder’s spokeswoman Sara Wurfel.
“The governor’s been clear in his support for adoptive families and in particular the work of (the state Department of Human Services) to strengthen children’s services and matching kids in foster care with permanent families,” she wrote in an email.
The attorney general’s spokesman, John Sellek, said any change to a state law would have to come from the Legislature.
“We have not seen the suit yet, but our job is to enforce and defend all laws as enacted by the Legislature,” Sellek wrote in an email statement Monday.
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