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Lawsuit To Challenge Ban on Gay Marriage

DETROIT (AP) - A federal judge is hearing arguments in a lawsuit that challenges Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

The state attorney general's office is asking Judge Bernard Friedman to dismiss the case, saying same-sex marriage is not a fundamental legal right.

Friedman is holding court Thursday at Wayne State University law school. He hasn't indicated when he'll make a decision.

Lawyers for Hazel Park couple Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer say Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is a "mean-spirited relic of anti-gay discrimination."

The lawsuit began as a challenge to a state ban on adoptions by same-sex couples. Rowse and DeBoer have adopted children but they can't adopt each other's kids. They amended their lawsuit to also target a 2004 constitutional amendment that says Michigan only recognizes heterosexual marriage.

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