Pumpkin spiced lattes ain't got nothing on this favorite October outing: the annual trip to the pumpkin patch! While pumpkins are nice and all, let's be real: we're into this autumnal outing for the photo op. ;) Thanks to these dads who shared their pics with us! Share your own to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add them to this post!
Kristy and Dana Dumont, a couple of 11 years from Dimondale Michigan, were ready to start their family. They specifically wanted top open their home to a child in need, and began inquiring with various agencies about initiating the foster-adopt process. When they contacted Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services, however, the couple was flatly denied on the basis of their sexual orientation.
"It was kind of a slap in the face," Dana told NPR in a recent interview. "They didn't even know us. How could you say no to people who you don't even know?
Now, the ACLU is suing Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services and the Children's Services Agency, arguing the couple was illegally rejected. According to the suit, the ACLU claims faith-based organizations such as Catholic Charities and Bethany Christian Services use a "religious test" to discriminate against LGBTQ couples, which is illegal since these groups receive funding from the state government.
"This practice harms vulnerable children by denying them access to loving families that they desperately need," the suit says, claiming such a move stands in violation of the Establishment and Equal Protection Clauses of the United States Constitution. While private adoption agencies are free to "practice their religion" as they see fit, the lawsuit goes on, they are not free to deny services to LGBTQ families when those services are state-contracted and taxpayer-funded.
"We are just one couple in this situation," Kristy told NPR. "There are lots of couples out there. If it's happening to us, it's happening to others as well."
Click here to read the complete ACLU lawsuit. Gays With Kids will be sure to keep our readers abreast of this case as it unfolds.
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Eight years ago, Jay Faigenbaum messaged Adam Jacobs on the dating site Match.com. Adam had let his membership lapse, however, so wasn't able to read the email. “I'd kind of given up on dating at that point," Adam admitted. Still, he was intrigued by Jay's mystery message.
“I called customer service and said, 'Dr. Phil promised me six months free if I didn't find love on your site,'" Adam laughed, referencing a commercial from the time featuring the self-help guru. Sure enough, the company offered Adam six months for free. But as it would turn out, one extra day was all he needed.
“Jay's email was the last I ever read," he said.
Starbucks recently changed its parental leave policy to include adoptive parents, a huge victory for many of the company's LGBTQ workers. We caught up with Annie Sartor of the Paid Leave for the United States (PL+US) campaign to talk more about this exciting change for the company.
This is the first of a monthly collaboration between Gays With Kids and Two Men and A Baby.
In the words of Dave and Bart: "We've been inspired for years by all the adorable gay families on GWK, and couldn't be more honored to contribute to their community. GWK made us realize that starting our family was achievable, and kept us motivated along the many twists and turns of our journey. We created our channel to complement GWK --- GWK shows you the destination, the amazing pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, whereas our videos aim to cover the many micro-decisions along the way."
"When did you guys decide you wanted kids?"
While hosting the Virgin Holiday's Attitude Awards event last night in London, Daley talked about his husband, Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, their wedding earlier this year, and their future kids!
Lance Black was unable to be by his husband's side due to a civil rights speaking tour commitment in the United States.
"I couldn't get him out of my head," said Drew about the first time he saw his now-partner Joe. The two met 3 years ago at a gym in Toronto, Canada, but Drew remembers it as if it were yesterday. "It really was love at first sight."
31-year-old Dane had almost resigned himself to the fact that he would never become a dad. But a move from Los Angeles to Fort Collins, Colorado and a new perspective on life and helped him see clearly that being a parent could be part of his future. Dane is yet to take some of the first steps in his journey to fatherhood, other than starting to save, but he's excited for when that day comes. Why does he want to be a dad? "The best relationship I have is with my father," shared Dane. "He makes me want to be a dad."