Women Walk Past Protesters for Gay Marriage Trial

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DETROIT (AP) -- Two Detroit-area nurses challenging Michigan's ban on gay marriage have entered the courthouse hand-in-hand for the start of trial.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer walked past more than a dozen protesters who held signs supporting heterosexual marriage. DeBoer told reporters Tuesday that, "Nothing says family like a marriage license."

They're asking federal Judge Bernard Friedman to strike down a Michigan constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman. They say it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The trial could last two weeks. Sociologists and other scholars will testify about marriage, children and family.

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