Jayne and April DeBoer-Rowse, a lesbian couple and mothers to Nolan, Ryanne and Jacob, are brave women. The Michigan residents are challenging their state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Federal District Judge Bernard Friedman issued an order denying Michigan Attorney General Bill Schutte’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.

According to The New Civil Rights Movement, “The couple originally brought suit seeking only that they both be allowed to adopt the three children they rescued, and are raising together. April has adopted Ryanne, and Jayne has adopted Jacob and Nolan because Michigan law currently allows only one or the other to adopt. Their suit claimed that restriction has harmed their children, denying them all the rights and privileges other children in two-parent families enjoy.”

Citing the Supreme Court’s historic decision on DOMA last week, Judge Freidman said Jayne and April DeBoer-Rowse are “entitled to their day in court and they shall have it.” The court hearing to set a trial date is July 10. For more, read The New Civil Rights Movement’s article on the women’s emotional story.