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Michigan same-sex marriage ban focus of federal trial opening Tuesday

Michigan’s ban on gay marriage goes on trial Tuesday in a federal court challenge brought by a same-sex couple from suburban Detroit who were barred from marrying or from adopting each other’s children. April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse had sued the state initially over Michigan’s adoption law and later expanded…

Same-sex marriage ban needed to ‘regulate sexual relationships,’ Mich. officials say

Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is necessary to “regulate sexual relationships,” argued attorneys representing the state and its Republican governor. The ban is needed to encourage population growth, attorneys argued in a brief opposing a motion filed by a couple who have challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage.…