Judge preparing for trial on Michigan's gay marriage ban

Trial will start February 25, 2014 and last 8 days


DETROIT – A federal judge is setting aside at least eight days for a trial on Michigan's ban on gay marriage.

   Judge Bernard Friedman held a conference call with attorneys Wednesday to discuss the trial, which starts Feb. 25 in Detroit federal court.

   In 2004, Michigan voters banned gay marriage. But two Detroit-area nurses are challenging it as unconstitutional, as well as a state law that bars them from adopting each other's kids.

   The judge will hear from experts. The state attorney general's office says heterosexual marriage provides the best family setting for children. Attorneys for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer say research shows there's no difference for kids in same-sex households.