A heartless Texas family court judge has denied the request of a legally married same-sex couple to adopt their newborn biological twin sons.
Jason and Joe each biologically fathered one of the twins, and the boys–who are half-brothers–share an egg donor. The fathers and their boys make up a loving family. However, the state of Texas refuses to acknowledge them as such.
Neither Jason nor Joe are listed as fathers on either of their sons’ birth certificates, which the men have not been able to see. They petitioned a judge in Fort Worth to add each of their names to their biological sons’ birth certificates and to cross-adopt, or second-parent adopt, the boys. The judge has denied the family both requests.
In Texas, as in 17 other states, the law is “unclear” as to whether LGBT parents can jointly adopt, meaning family protections vary from judge to judge or county to county. Because Texas does not recognize Jason and Joe’s marriage, the couples second-parent adoption is much harder to achieve.
The judge also denied a petition to list both men — or either — on the children’s birth certificates, even though Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs each biologically fathered one of the twin boys, Lucas and Ethan.
Source: The Gayly Grind