Same-Sex Adoption Couple Has Oakland Family Court Ties
|Judge Lisa Gorcyca|
Oakland County Family Court Judge Lisa Gorcyca presided over the event, and then performed an adoption for April DeBoer, who adopted her third child. Ms. DeBoer is one-half of the same-sex couple that have garnered headlines for challenging Michigan's adoption law, which disallows adoptions by same-sex couples.
This blog has followed the same-sex couple's federal case, now heading to the SCOTUS, as it has wound its way through the federal court system -starting in Detroit, then Cincinnati, and now Washington, D.C.- picking-up lots of public interest along the way. Currently, their case is getting briefed right here in Oakland County and oral arguments likely will be scheduled before the Supreme Court for late spring or early fall.
In granting the adoption, Judge Gorcyca, looking beyond the politics of DeBoer's case, said, "I've had a chance to follow the love you feel for your entire family. If they prevail in their adoption case, Ms. DeBoer and her partner, Jayne Rowse, will be able to jointly adopt the four adopted children living in their Hazel Park home. Presently, the couple must adopt the children independent of one another.
Even the couple's opponent in their high-profile case, the Michigan Attorney General, has acknowledged that DeBoer and Rowse are excellent parents. As noted by Ms. DeBoer at her recent adoption proceeding, she feels the love and acceptance in Judge Gorcyca's courtroom, but when she walks out the door, she is jarred by the reality that she, her partner and their adopted children are not recognized as a legal family.
We here at the Law Blogger hope that will change soon. Should the change come from our Legislature, or from the High Court; that is the real question.