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Michigan same sex marriage trial begins

Two bride figurines adorn the top of a wedding cake during an illegal same-sex wedding ceremony in central Melbourne August 1, 2009. REUTERS
Two bride figurines adorn the top of a wedding cake during an illegal same-sex wedding ceremony in central Melbourne August 1, 2009. REUTERS

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Testimony began Tuesday at federal district court in Detroit in a trial over whether Michigan's amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage is constitutional.

The case started two years ago in a lawsuit filed by a Hazel Park couple over a state law that prevents the two women from jointly adopting the four children they are raising.  Plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse want equal standing with other parents.

The original lawsuit in front of Judge Bernard Friedman has been amended to include the gay marriage ban, which voters approved with 59-percent of the vote almost ten years ago.

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