Michigan same-sex couple Rowse, DeBoer asks federal judge to marry them

 Michigan was pushed to the forefront of the same-sex marriage fight after April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse challenged the state's law with same-sex marriage.

Judge Bernard Friedman presided over that case encouraged the Hazel Park couple to challenge the definition of marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court. He ruled that the ban against same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. 

He hasn't been able to talk to April and Jayne since his ruling as they went through the legal process - but the couple got to ask him a big question on FOX 2's air.

"Thank you so much for everything you have done," DeBoer said. "And we have a very important question for you: We would like to know you would marry us?"

"I would love to marry you," Friedman said. "It would be my pleasure - I was saying before, that I saw you everyday and we never got a chance to talk. I knew everyday when your kids were sick, I knew everyday you had to take a day off for work. I can't wait, I'm excited, I would love to it.

"We're looking forward to it and we'll let you know when we set a date."

"Anytime, I'm here, I can't wait. I can't wait to shake your hand. Everyday we'd have eye contact, but we couldn't talk.

"Very excited to be a part of your marriage."

"Thank you for getting the ball rolling," Rowse said. 

Friedman spoke about his reaction to the ruling in studio.

FOX 2: "How does it feel to have same-sex marriage legal across the land?"

"Fantastic," he said. "I have joy in my heart."

Friedman said that he and his wife Judy cried once they heard the decision.

FOX 2: What does this ruling mean for the culture of the country - what about housing and employment. Employees can still be fired for being gay under state law."

Friedman: "I can't tell you. I have always advocated that equal protection is the most important thing. I hope that we as a country - and I think we have - learned that you can't have exceptions to equal ... it's not an ambiguous term. we have been fighting for it for a long time in many, many areas. 

"I talked about it today, I talked about it in my opinion, we're working on it and hopefully we're there now and it will pour over into all aspects of our lives."

Friedman said hopefully the conversation will go forward without years of litigation over the issue.

"But that's what makes up the United States. that's why we have the whole system," he said. "You some that are totally on the other side of the debate.

"Five to four we won, that's always the bottom line."

DeBoer and Rowse also joined FOX 2 to share their reactions. 

Rowse said they never viewed themselves as pioneers.

"We're just two moms that did what we needed to do to protect our kids," she said. "Along the way marriage came about. We're just incredibly proud to be the faces of this."

Their children were at a superhero camp today and have not heard the news yet.

Rowse said there is a fifth adoption in the works by the end of summer and is working on planning the wedding - which today got a few steps closer to being planned.
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