Judge: Let's Have Trial on Michigan Gay Marriage Ban

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DETROIT (AP) -- A judge is refusing to dismiss a lawsuit by two women challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage and joint adoptions by same-sex couples.

Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman says Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer "are entitled to their day in court." In a five-page ruling Monday, he told both sides to appear for a status hearing on July 10.
Friedman says he wants to discuss a trial date. He says last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision probably will be cited by the plaintiffs as well as state attorneys who are defending Michigan's 2004 ban on gay marriage.
The Supreme Court struck down part of a federal law barring government benefits to same-sex couples who are legally married. But the court also says states have power to define marriage.

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