The 'Real Dads of Melbourne' are Engaged!
Gay dads Jarrad and Michael Duggan-Tierney, of the popular Instagram page @the_real_dads_of_melbourne, recently announced their engagement!
Shared via a post on January 22, Jarrad Duggan-Tierney said, "With great excitement we are proud to announce we are engaged to be married! After 17 years of waiting and feeling as if this moment would never happen – It happened tonight. I proudly got on one knee in front of our son and asked the love of my life Michael to take my hand in marriage."
Jarrad and Michael have been together for 17 years and became dads to son Reid in 2010 via surrogacy in India.
"Reid was surprised and excited when I open the door revealing one of his favorite things in the world - balloons," Jarrad told Gays With Kids. "When I bent down on one knee he screamed 'I knew you were going to do this as I've been dreaming about it.'"
The proposal was kept a secret from both Michael and Reid, which was tough for Jarrad as they have a "no secrets" policy in the house. But this was one he really had to keep to himself.
Jarrad told Gay Star News about the details of the proposal.
"It was a big surprise. I spent weeks planning with a friend to propose. He thought we were calling into a friend's to get a gift. Little did he know we had emptied a room of her home and had it filled with balloons and images of our 17 years together."
Same-sex marriage was only legalized in Australia at the very end of last year, and although Jarrad and Michael were never sure they'd be able to marry on their home soil, they never doubted their love for one another.
"Personally for us it wasn't just about the marriage, it was about equality for everyone. We are proud of our relationship, and have amazing support from all our friends and family so it will be a great celebration of our love."
With the couple's heads still spinning, they're going to first focus on the engagement party, and then enlist the help of a wedding planner for their big day. And rest assured, when it does come time to start planning, Reid will be playing a significant part on their big day. Congratulations to this fantastic family!