In summary, Jennifer and LeAnne, residents of Michigan were legally married in Canada as a same-sex couple. As same-sex parents, Jennifer and LeAnne decided use assisted reproductive technology to conceive G.M., who was born into the marriage, jointly raised by Jennifer and LeAnne as mothers, and of whom Jennifer and LeAnne shared custody after their relationship ended. Thereafter, Jennifer filed suit seeking an order of custody and visitation, together with a judgment of divorce, however her suit was dismissed because Michigan does not recognize same-sex marriages or the parental rights of same-sex non-biological parents.
NFCRC's Brief asking to intervene on behalf of G.M. can be viewed here.†
NFCRC's Brief asking the Michigan Supreme Court for leave to appeal can be viewed here.
† Please note the updated NFCRC address from the cover pages of these briefs. NFCRC has relocated from the fifth floor to the sixth floor of 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue since the filing of these briefs.