Michigan couple readies for gay marriage Supreme Court battle

A local couple fighting for the right to marry is taking their battle all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The high court will hear arguments about same-sex marriage...from four states next week, but tonight FOX 2 is sitting down again with the women at the center of  Michigan's case.

Wednesday was another busy afternoon in the DeBoer-Rowse household. The Hazel Park couple are both nurses and parents to four busy kids, a dog and a foster baby.

Now, in less than a week, they and their attorneys will be in the United States Supreme Court, arguing for the right to same sex marriage.

"People ask us all the time are we excited about making history," Jayne Rowse said. "We say we never thought about it. We never thought we would be here."

"It's hard to imagine," said April DeBoer. "We set out to adopt kids we did not set out to get married or change the United States."

But they could.

"We're also excited," DeBoer said. "We're seeing the end of the road and hopefully a decision where we can be a legal family."

Their children keep asking if today's the day.

"When we get ready to leave somewhere, 'Are we going to get married today?'" Rowse said. "We say no honey, not today."

But maybe soon. Their fight started in January 2012 to jointly adopt each other's children - something Michigan law does not allow.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman encouraged them to challenge Michigan's ban on same sex marriage and after their trial, ruled Michigan's ban violates the equal protection clause of the United States Constitution.

It was a big win but not the end. Now, after losing at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, their case goes to the highest court - along with cases from Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky to be argued before the justices Tuesday morning.

"In January, 2012, only five states plus the District of Columbia permitted same-sex marriage," said attorney Dana Nessel. "Now we're at 37 and a half states. That's really remarkable. We look forward to tilting that number to 50."

The court will rule by the end of June. The outcome could impact marriage rights throughout the country.

"We're honored and proud to represent Michigan and the United States," Rowse said. "And especially our kids. As we say all the time, that's why we do most everything. They're our little hearts, we love them to death."

Andrea Bitely, spokesperson for the Michigan Attorney General, released this statement about the DeBoer v. Snyder case:

"Tuesday is a day that undoubtedly both parties in this case are looking forward too. There are good people on both sides of this issue, and we hope that the Supreme Court provides all of us with a clear and concise decision in June."

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