There is a lot to celebrate about LGB parents this week!
First up, since a Florida court found their marriage ban unconstitutional last October, there have been a large number of same-sex couples that have adopted or are in the process of adopting.
Robert Lamarche, of Boca Raton, and his partner finalized their adoption of a now 16-year-old boy last year and are now in the process of adopting a 3-year-old girl who was placed with them last year.
He said his first adoption involved nasty court battles.
“This time around we get to go about it like everybody else,” Lamarche said.
Because the state decided to not challenge the decision on the law’s constitutionality to the highest state court, the law is still technically on the books and is still open for challenge. That doesn’t mean that couples who want to adopt aren’t prevented from doing so, and they are showing in large numbers.
Next, Bevan Dufty is an openly gay candidate running for Mayor of San Francisco. His campaign released a video released a new video this week that features his daughter, Sidney, and him.
Some are speculating that this is a first for any gay candidate or politician.
Finally, openly gay Rep. Jared Polis representing Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives announced last Friday with his partner the arrival of their new son, Caspian Julius!
“Baby and parents are doing well, baby has learned to cry already! No gifts please, just nice thoughts for Caspian, humankind, the planet, and the universe!” read the announcement.
This is a momentous occasion that should be celebrated, although some groups feel just fine taking pot shots by making overtly homophobic statements, such as this post from the National Organization for [anything but gay] Marriage.
Regardless of what some people claim with no evidence, LGBT couples are still going to adopt because we can be and are great parents, and that deserves celebrating. There will be vitriolic backlash (read some of the comments on NOM’s blog post for an example), but the best way to disprove that is to just exist and be the best that we can.