Michigan Gay Couple Invited to White House Father’s Day Celebration
According to the Detroit Free Press, a Lansing family have been invited to the White House for it’s annual Father’s Day celebration.
Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez are loving fathers of 2-year-old Lucas. As the Free Press states, the couple was there when Lucas was born. Diego cut the umbilical cord and Kent was the first to hold him when Lucas was born New Years Day 2011.
Last week Kent and Diego received something rather surprising in the mail. They received a letter that began –
“The President requests the pleasure of your company for a celebration of Father’s Day…”
This invitation, message from the White House came across as something more than an honor, it is validation.
Kent told the Free Press –
“For us, it’s especially meaningful,” Kent Love-Ramirez said. He had just taken Lucas to get a hair cut, held him to keep him from wiggling too much. “Because Michigan doesn’t have second parent adoption, we’re not both legally recognized as Lucas’ fathers. Only one of us is.”
He goes on to say –
“It’s nice that even though we don’t have legal recognition in our home state that the White House has seen fit to include us.”
The invitation wasn’t entirely out of the blue. Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez volunteer with an organization called Family Equality Council. The White House came looking for names of “dynamic father leaders.” The Love-Ramirezes came to mind, in part because they had volunteered to set up a family space at the Michigan Pride Festival last year.
On Saturday the Lansing family will be on the South Lawn of the White House celebrating Father’s day with every other family who was invited. They will be celebrating as equals, seen this way by the White House.