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How April DeBoer And Jayne Rowse Became The Focus Of A Landmark Gay Marriage Case

Jayne Rowse, left, and partner April DeBoer of Hazel Park, Mich., look on during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., Friday
Jayne Rowse, left, and partner April DeBoer of Hazel Park, Mich., look on during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court said Friday that it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

HAZEL PARK, Mich. — On a snowy night in 2011, April DeBoer, Jayne Rowse and their three children were driving in their minivan down a rural road when a truck, attempting to pass another vehicle, came barreling toward them.

“At the last second, he swerved off the road and veered into a field,” Ms. DeBoer recalled. “I don’t think Jayne and I would have survived the impact. It was that moment, that realization, that we needed to get things in order.”

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