In Honor of Constitution Day - DeBoer v. Snyder

Ann Arbor panel to discuss same-sex marriage equality and adoption rights
ANN ARBOR, MICH. (Sept. XX, 2013) – On Friday, September 20, Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Ann Arbor campus will host an interactive panel discussion, “Finding Michigan’s Invisible People,” in honor of Constitution Day. This panel will address the pending DeBoer v. Snyder case which raises two constitutional issues: the 2004 Michigan Marriage Amendment, which bars recognition of same-sex relationships in Michigan, and the Michigan Adoption Code, which keeps non-married couples from jointly adopting children.
The plaintiffs, April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, are in a long-term, committed relationship, and would marry if they were allowed to by Michigan law. The couple originally filed suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan to challenge the Michigan Adoption Code, which prevents them from jointly adopting the three children they have adopted separately. Michigan adoption law allows married couples and individuals to adopt, but non-married couples cannot jointly adopt a child. Since same-sex couples cannot legally marry in Michigan, they cannot legally adopt together. Recognizing this, Judge Bernard Friedman allowed the plaintiffs to amend their suit to include a challenge to Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban.

Who: Panelists for this event include:
Dana Nessel: lead plaintiff’s counsel in DeBoer
Nate Goetting: associate professor at Adrian College, and adjunct professor at Cooley
Brendan Berry: associate professor at Cooley
Daniel Ray: professor at Cooley
When: Friday, September 20, 2013; Noon to 1:30 PM
Where: Cooley Law School Ann Arbor Campus: 3475 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and live broadcast to Cooley’s Tampa, Fla. Campus

“The United States Supreme Court has ruled several times, most recently this past June, that discrimination against gays and lesbians just because of their sexual orientation is unconstitutional,” said Dan Ray, professor of constitutional law at Cooley and moderator for the panel. “The Constitution Day panel will discuss issues that are important to couples and families not just here in Michigan, but all across the country.”
If you are interested in attending, contact Julie Mullens at (734) 372-4900 ext. 8798 or by email
Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Priority: Medium
Access: Public
Created by: Washtenaw County Bar Association
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 1:38pm

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