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Michigan gay-marriage ban at stake in rare trial

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 | 12:54 p.m.

DETROIT (AP) — A psychologist testifying at a trial about Michigan's ban on gay marriage says gender and sexual orientation are not barriers to good parenting.

Former Rutgers University professor David Brodzinsky says gays and lesbians are successfully raising children in every state in the U.S. He's the first witness at a trial in Detroit federal court.

Two Detroit-area nurses are seeking to overturn a Michigan constitutional amendment that recognizes marriage only between a man and a woman. Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer also are targeting a state law that prevents them from jointly adopting each other's kids because they're not married.

Together they're raising three adopted kids with special needs.

The Michigan attorney general's office is defending the 2004 gay-marriage ban, which was approved by 59 percent of voters.