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Same-Sex Couples Fight For Adoption Rights

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DETROIT, MI (WLNS) - Wednesday marked day two of Michigan's same-sex marriage trial.

The case was first brought to federal court by two Detroit area nurses to fight Michigan's adoption code.

The judge says the case is really an issue of gay marriage.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer have one thing in mind as they walk into the courthouse.

"We love our children. This started out as our children. This is still about our children."

And on the first two days of the trial that's exactly what it's about. Psychology experts on Rowse and Deboer's side spoke yesterday.

A same-sex marriage expert at Cooley Law School sums up their arguments.

"They presented testimony that basically said that the gender of the parent doesn't matter, it matters if they're a good parent," said Emily Horvath, Cooley Law School, Associate Professor.

Horvath says the rest of the trial will be a "battle of experts." The end result, lifting or continuing the marriage ban, voted on in 2004.

"The question is whether there is a real state interest here, or is it just discrimination against a group of unpopular people."

Horvath expects the trial to last about two weeks. It's only the second day, but Rowse and DeBoer's attorney is optimistic.

"Once all the evidence is heard, the trial has reached a conclusion and the decision has been rendered, that Michigan will join in with the many other states in this country where gays and lesbians are considered to be equal citizens," said Dana Nessel, Attorney for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer.

Even amidst civilized protests outside the courthouse, Rowse and DeBoer are smiling.

"Jane and I are really proud to be part of history here in Michigan"

And to be a part of a civil rights case with national importance.

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By Sari Soffer, 6 News Intern

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