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Professor Defends Homes Led by Same-Sex Couples

by Ed White
Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
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April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, left, 3, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right.
April DeBoer, second from left, sits with her adopted daughter Ryanne, left, 3, and Jayne Rowse, fourth from left, and her adopted sons Jacob, 3, middle, and Nolan, 4, right.  (Source:AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

A sociologist testifying at Michigan’s gay marriage trial says research clearly shows that children raised by same-sex parents suffer no disadvantage when compared to other kids.

Michael Rosenfeld of Stanford University is back on the witness stand Wednesday, testifying on behalf of two Detroit-area nurses seeking to overturn the 2004 Michigan constitutional amendment. Attendance by spectators is lighter on the second day of trial.

Many questions have focused on the well-being of children raised by same-sex couples. State attorneys have defended the gay-marriage ban by saying voters wanted to encourage families led by a male and a female.

Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer are raising three adopted children at their Hazel Park home, but they’re barred from jointly adopting them because same-sex couples can’t marry in Michigan.

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