For Immediate Release
Contact: Brad O’Conner, 734-707-7487
Washtenaw’s LGBT Community Awaits Court Decision
The Washtenaw-area Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, while disappointed not to have any news yet, continues to wait anxiously for the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether to hear the marriage equality cases that have been appealed to it.
“We are all anticipating a decision from the Court,” Jim Toy Community Center President Brad O’Conner said. “We’re frustrated the Supreme Court has passed on two opportunities—today and last Friday—to grant cert, but we are confident they will take at least one of the marriage equality cases before them this year.”
The Jim Toy Center supports the Washtenaw County LGBT community.
In January, the U.S. Supreme Court decides which cases in will hear arguments on, of the many appealed to it. The Court’s only action on marriage equality in 2015 has been to deny the Louisiana case Robincheaux v. George, likely because the case has not gone through an appeals court but was appealed directly from the district court level. The Supreme Court has not granted cert to any cases of any kind this year. Its only announcements thus far have been which cases it will not hear.
“This is a difficult wait for the many Michigan couples whose marriages, whether with an in -state or out-of-state license, not to mention the thousands of families who want and need legally-recognized marriages here.” O’Conner said.
One of the cases before the U.S. Supreme Court is DeBoer v. Snyder, the lawsuit by two Hazel Park, Michigan, mothers to legally wed and thereby co-adopt their four children, all of whom have disabilities or special needs. As the initial judge in the DeBoer case decided to hold a fact-finding trial, many legal experts believe this could be the case the Supreme Court agrees to hear.
US District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled in favor of the DeBoer-Rowse family on March 21, 2014, enabling more than 300 Michigan couples to get married the following day before the state government convinced the appeals court to grant a stay the following day.
The Jim Toy Center has contributed towards funding the costs of that law suit. The Nessel and Kessel law firm that argued the case is still accepting donations at http://www.michiganmarriagechallenge.com/.