The other day we posted about two Detroit-area lesbian nurses April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse who are raising special needs children together and how they bravely filed a lawsuit to try to overturn restrictions on adoption by same-sex partners. But at the judge’s invitation, the case took an extraordinary turn when the judge invited them to also test the legality of the 2004 constitutional amendment that stipulates Michigan only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman.
Judge Bernard Friedman was all set to hear arguments in the case but fearing the possibility of a loss, any loss the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, and National Center for Lesbian Rights sent amicus briefs to the judge asking that before resolving the Michigan couple’s case, “this Court may determine that it is prudent to await decision” in the California Proposition 8 case at the Supreme Court.
So now April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse who have waged this battle on their own and who also have been flatly denied help in any way by some of the organizations in question sit in limbo and wait denied their time in court by our own organizations because of of baseless fears, lack of backbone, and perhaps wanting to be the stars when the Prop 8 case wins. A case which THEY ALL were originally against.