DeBoer v. Snyder: Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is heard oral argument April 28 on the questions of the freedom to marry and recognition of marriages.
GLAD Civil Rights Project Director Mary L. Bonauto argued on behalf of same-sex couples who are challenging their states' marriage bans. She stood on behalf of petitioners April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse in the Michigan case DeBoer v. Snyder and Timothy Love, Lawrence Ysunza, Maurice Blanchard and Dominique James in the Kentucky case Love v. Beshear (joined with Bourke v. Beshear) and same-sex couples across the country who are still excluded from marriage.
Douglas Hallward-Driemeier, partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, represented petitioners seeking recognition of their marriages. Read more.
Kentucky petitioners Timothy Love and Lawrence Ysunza and Maurice Blanchard and Dominique James are represented by the ACLU and the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Clay Daniel Walton & Adams, and Fauver Law Office. Visit the ACLU's website for more information, and to read the plaintiffs' stories.
GLAD is co-counsel in DeBoer v. Snyder, along with Michigan attorneys Carole Stanyar, Dana Nessel of Nessel & Kessel Law, Kenneth Mogill of Mogill, Posner & Cohen and Wayne State University Law Professor Robert Sedler. More information about April and Jayne and their challenge to Michigan's marriage ban is below and at www.nationalmarriagechallenge.com.
In addition to DeBoer and Bourke/Love, the Supreme Court is also considering Obergefell v. Hodges and Henry v. Hodges, brought by Lambda Legal and private counsel in Ohio; and Tanco v. Haslam, brought by NCLR and private counsel in Tennessee.
April and Jayne with three of their children
April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are both nurses and are the mothers of four children they fostered and adopted and are fostering a fifth. They are devoted to each other, to their kids, and they should be able to marry.