Michigan Trial on Gay-Marriage Ban Enters Last Leg

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DETROIT (AP) -- An attorney representing two Detroit-area nurses challenging Michigan's gay-marriage ban is focusing part of his closing arguments on expert testimony presented throughout the trial.

Ken Mogill calls the state's witnesses "part of a fringe fighting desperately for inequality" and says "what makes for good parenting has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the parents."

Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman is not expected to make a decision Friday in the case.

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in 2004.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer of Hazel Park have been together for eight years. They're raising three adopted children who have special needs, but they can't jointly adopt each other's kids because they're not married. That could cause problems if one of the women dies.

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