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Our Most Liked Instagram Post Ever!

A beautiful and candid family moment captured by dad Jeremy has become our most liked Instagram post ever! And it's easy to see why.

Two dads take a break from an action-packed Disney trip with their son Anakin, and relax in bed. Jeremy captures the moment of his husband Joshua with their son Anakin in the middle, arms raised, his face the look of complete serenity. A perfect family moment that has received such comments as "Life goals: be as at peace with life as that adorable bundle of gorgeousness..." from @kimeu_mana, and "J'adore♥️♥️" from dotoubomahou14.

The photo was also posted on Facebook where it has received over 2,200 Likes, been shared over 200 times, and received nearly 100 comments.

Others have even shared their own version of the family photo.

Joshua and Jeremy are blown away and excited by the response from the world wide web!

"Regardless [of] how people feel about LGBTQ marriage," the dads reflected when asked why they thought the post had resonated with so many people, "A family can be a family with love and support. Hopefully people see this photo as hope that they, too, can strive for the dream we once dreamed, and make it a reality."

Jeremy, 34, is a registered nurse, and Joshua, 31, is a firefighter/paramedic. The couple met when they were both working for the same ambulance company, as they told GSN. They were married in April 2015 and have two children together, 9-month-old Anakin (seen in photo), and 2-month-old daughter Izley. Izley stayed with her grandparents during this trip.

And what's Joshua and Jeremy's favorite thing about being a dad?

"Watching our children grow up, experience things for the first time all while teaching them to becoming respectful adults one day within the community," shared the dads. "There is nothing like experiencing this feeling first-hand."

"We never thought it could happen, let alone have two wonderful kids. It's a new challenge but an amazing opportunity."

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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.

Congratulations to these gay dads on the latest additions to their family!

Congratulations to dads Josh and John on the adoption of their daughter Kennedy!

This Chicago family grew by one this September when they welcomed their daughter Kennedy.

"When Kennedy was first born the amount of love you have instantly for another human being is a feeling that can't be explained," said Josh.

The two new dads lives have changed in a blink of an eye and they could not be any happier.

Congratulations to dads Carlos and Richard on the arrival of their daughter Josephine!

Josephine Bellamy was born September 22 and joins her older brother in their two-dad family!

"Lucky is an understatement," shared Carlos. "We are blessed beyond belief to have her in our ever-growing family. We may be tired, but we will never get tired of the love we have for our family!"

Congratulations to dads Andrew and Stephen on the birth of their twins!

Andrew and Stephen live in Brisbane, Australia, and on September 7 this year, they welcomed son is Reilly and daughter Phoenix in Fort Worth, Texas. This Dad and Daddy (respectively) are over the moon and are forever grateful to their surrogate.

"The day our children were born now joins the day we were married as the best day of our lives," shared Stephen "Seeing the twins and hearing them take their first breaths was like falling in love all over again. Our journey has been scary, arduous and rewarding in equal measure but you can't have a rainbow without rain. Our beautiful surrogate is now family for life."

On August 16, 2017, beautiful baby Cami was born. And four days later, she went home with her two loving dads, Doug and Tom.

"She's instantly found her way into our hearts and the hearts of those around us!" shared Tom.

Doug (above, right) is a police officer, and Tom (above, left) is a navy veteran who now works with veteran transition. This family of three was created through foster-adopt and they Seattle, Washington.

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