In November of 2009, Rowes, a legal foster parent, adopted her first child, as a legal individual.
In April of 2011, DeBoer, also a legal foster parent, adopted her first child, as a legal individual.
In October of 2011, Rowes adopted a second child, unable to jointly adopted three children with DeBoer.
The next day, the law was appealed, and 323 same-sex couoples were married in the state of Michigan.
Exactly one month after the beginning of the trial, the circuit court placed an indefinite hold on the Michigan court's ruling, making gay marriage illegal again.
On January 23, 2012, the couple began a suit challenging same-sex adoption laws in the state of Michigan, claiming a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. The case ended in September when the Judge invited them to challenge the state's ban on gay marriage.
In September of 2012, Judge Friedman invites the couple to challenge the state law against same-sex marriage. In March, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, under a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
The next day, the circuit court placed a "temporary hold" on the decision of the courts.