LANSING, Mich.—Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office said in a brief it filed on Sept. 9 in a case that challenges the state’s ban on same-sex second parent adoptions and marriage that Michigan’s gay nuptials ban is necessary to “regulate sexual relationships between men and women.”
Schuette filed the brief in response to a lawsuit that April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse of Hazel Park filed against the law in federal court. Oral arguments in the case are scheduled to take place in U.S. District Court in Detroit on Oct. 16.
“If Attorney General Schuette wishes to preserve the institution of marriage, he should be allowing and encouraging both same and opposite-sex couples to opt in,” Equality Michigan Managing Director Emily Dievendorf said. “As long as the law is tied to marriage, the lack of marriage equality creates instability on every level and that is no good for anybody.”