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Sociologist defends same-sex parenting

DETROIT — A sociologist testifying Wednesday at a trial challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage said children raised by gay parents suffer no handicap when compared to other children.

Michael Rosenfeld of Stanford University said there is no basis for believing children develop better in a household led by a man and a woman.

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‘‘It’s clear that being raised by same-sex parents is no disadvantage to children,’’ he said.

Rosenfeld testified on the second day of a trial challenging a 2004 Michigan constitutional amendment that only recognizes marriage between a man and a woman. Two Detroit-area nurses are asking a judge to overturn it, saying it violates the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution.

The issue for US District Judge Bernard Friedman is whether there is a rational state interest in limiting marriage to a man and a woman.

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