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Hazel Park couple Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer will have to wait for U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman to rule on their lawsuit against Michigan and Oakland County for the right to jointly adopt their children and marry each other.
U.S. Court District Judge Bernard Friedman said in court today “I can’t grant the motions today.”
“I’m in the middle,” said U.S. Court District Judge Bernard Friedman. “I have to decide this as a matter of law. I intend to do so.”
Friedman said he will issue a written opinion, that the issue should be expedited.
UPDATE: Friedman announced that he intends to hold a trial and that each side of the case will exchange witness lists. The trial will be Feb. 25.
“I’m disappointed,” Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown said. “I was hoping Judge Friedman would rule in the family’s favor.”
“We look forward to a trial and an opportunity to present our experts on the case,” said the couple’s attorney Dana Nessel.
“If Friedman needs to hear that testimony, than we’re happy to present it … We look foward to the case, and the completion of the trial that we strongly believe will be in our favor.
“Obviously we were all hoping for an immediate ruling, but April and Jayne understand it’s a long legal process. It’s not as quick as someone would like and it’s not as quick as I would like.
“If it takes a few months longer. It takes a few months longer.”