Adoption granted for children of couple in gay marriage case

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A same-sex couple from Michigan has jointly adopted five children, closing a case that started when they challenged the state's restrictions on adoption and helped pave the way for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage.

The adoptions by Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer were granted Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court, just north of Detroit.

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The couple is raising the children at their Hazel Park home. They sued the state in 2012, initially challenging Michigan's restrictions on joint adoption and later the ban on gay marriage at the suggestion of the judge in the case.

Federal Judge Bernard Friedman overturned the state's gay marriage ban in 2014. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples have a right to marry.

Rowse and DeBoer married in August.

Look back at Rowse and DeBoer's relationship through their fight for marriage equality:

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DETROIT, MI - MARCH 3: Plaintiffs April DeBoer (L) and Jayne Rowse, a gay couple, arrive at U.S. Federal Courthouse March 3, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The couple have filed suit in Federal Court in an attempt to have Michigan's ban on gay marriage and gay adoption overturned. Current Michigan law defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Jayne Rowse (L) and her partner April DeBoer wait to speak at a rally in favor of same-sex marriage at the U.S. Courthouse where U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman will hold a hearing today that could overturn Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage October 16, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The lawsuit was brought by April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, a gay couple who are raising three adopted children together. Michigan passed a constitutional amendment in 2004 that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 28: Michigan couple April DeBoer, left, and Jayne Rowse, plaintiffs in the same-sex marriage case being argued before the Supreme Court, attend a reception with members in Longworth Building, April 28, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
ANN ARBOR, MI - JUNE 26: April DeBoer (right)and Jayne Rowse (left), a same-sex couple with four adopted children, celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage at a press conference June 26th, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have the right t marry in all 50 states. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The engagement rings of April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, plaintiffs in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, are seen during a news conference after the same-sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S., on Friday, June 26, 2015. Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that caps the biggest civil rights transformation in a half-century. Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attorney Dana Nussel, left, gestures with Jayne Rowse, center, and April DeBoer, plaintiffs in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, during a news conference after the same-sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S., on Friday, June 26, 2015. Same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a historic ruling that caps the biggest civil rights transformation in a half-century. Jeff Kowalsky/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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