LANSING – The Michigan House Democrats have signed onto an amicus brief in the DeBoer v. Snyder case now before the U.S. Supreme Court with 156 elected officials and the Michigan and Ohio Democratic Parties. The case, which arose when a lesbian couple in Michigan sought joint adoption of their children, could establish same-sex marriage rights across the country when the Supreme Court issues its decision in June. However, Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have adamantly insisted on siding against marriage equality by defending Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“One of the most important tasks of the Constitution is to protect the rights of the minority,” House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said. “We are proud to add our voices to the rising chorus calling for fairness, equality and inclusiveness, and we hope the Supreme Court will hear us and agree.”

The House Democrats are joining the Michigan Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party and 156 elected officials from four states who are filing amicus briefs on behalf of the plaintiffs in the DeBoer v. Snyder case.

“We are proud to stand with so many other elected officials and private citizens to say that we support full equality for all American citizens,” House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh (D-East Lansing) said. “We are hopeful for a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court that affirms that the protections and privileges of marriage are open to all people, and that everyone has an equal right to form a loving family.”