Michigan Nurses Who Sparked Movement, Challenged Same-Sex Marriage Ban Celebrate Ruling

CBS Detroit

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Two nurses who challenged Michigan’s same-sex marriage prohibition are celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage.

April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse told reporters in Ann Arbor shortly after the ruling was released Friday that it’s a good day in history.

DeBoer and Rowse initially went to court to win the right to jointly adopt each other’s children, not to confront Michigan’s ban on gay marriage.

DeBoer and Rowse live in Hazel Park, Michigan, with four young adopted children and a foster child. Each woman has adopted two kids, but they couldn’t jointly adopt them because Michigan ties that to marriage.

They say their children will come to understand the importance of the Supreme Court’s ruling. And they say it’s a day for a lot of celebration.

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