Accidental Activists: One Couple’s Journey to the U.S. Supreme Court


Mandi Wright | United States | 2016 | 1 h 17 m 13 s

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Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer were simply looking to overturn the law that would allow them to adopt their children. But on the recommendation of a federal judge, the Hazel Park couple’s lawyers launched a frontal assault on the legal barrier that prevents them from jointly adopting — Michigan’s constitutional amendment that prohibits same-sex couples from marrying. The case, which Free Press photographer/videographer Mandi Wright has been following from the outset, became the accelerant that would result in the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across the country in June 2015.

April DeBoer
Jayne Rowse
Dana Nessel
Carole Stanyar