Meet gay dads Russ and Mark and their two teenage kids. Russ and Mark met in 2009 and married three years later in New York City. They had a reception on their farm a week later where the kids played an integral part of the celebration.
Russ is the biological dad to his two amazing kids from a previous marriage; Russ got married at 22, before he discovered his "true self.”
Russ is a teacher by trade, but after coming out he went back to school for a second master’s degree and now works part time as a mental health therapist, working largely with LGBT youth.
Russ and Mark co-parent with the biological mother of Russ's children. Their daughter spends time both at their house and with her mother; their son lives with Mark and Russ full time.
Both teenagers adore Mark. Russ and Mark are seriously contemplating adopting a third child together.
They have been through all the home studies, finished their parenting classes and have cleared all hurdles; now they’re just waiting for the call from the agency!
Mark and Russ renewed their vows last year in Central Park; this time both their kids were there to celebrate with them.
“Mark is in every way a father to my children,” says Russ. "Life is exactly the way it should be.” Congratulations to this awesome family!