Deboer v. Snyder: Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing six consolidated cases this term on the questions of the freedom to marry and recognition of marriages. Oral argument is set for April 28.
GLAD Civil Rights Project Director Mary L. Bonauto will argue on behalf of same-sex couples who are currently being excluded from marriage. She will stand 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, as well as same-sex couples across the country who are still excluded from marriage. Read more.
Doug Hallward-Driemeier,partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, will represent petitioners seeking recognition of their marriages. Read more.
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.
In addition to the Michigan case, there are two cases from Kentucky, Bourke v. Beshear and Love v. Beshear (brought by the ACLU and private counsel); two cases from Ohio, Obergefell v. Hodges and Henry v. Hodges (brought by Lambda Legal and private counsel); and one case from Tennessee, Tanco v. Haslam (brought by NCLR and private counsel).
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.