Parenting / Texas

Spotlight Series: Two Moms Amber and Kristen

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The Next Family:  How did you meet?
Amber: I moved to Texas in September of 2006 and met Kristen in November through a mutual friend and things just fell into place.  We started dating February 2nd, 2007.
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The Next Family:  When did you decide you wanted to have kids?
Amber:At the very beginning of our relationship we talked about having children because that was going to be a deal...
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Spotlight Series: Danael and Jason

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TNF: How did you two meet?

Danael: Jason and I met through mutual friends in the fall of 2008.

TNF: What made you decide to have kids?

Danael: I was previously married to Samuel’s mom.  We divorced in 2008.  I was lucky enough to find an amazing man to be Samuel’s stepdad.

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TNF: Tell me a bit about the process of creating your family.

Danael:Our process was more about figuring out how to be a...

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Texas Wins: Fighting For LGBT Rights In Texas

By Alex Temblador

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Texas isn’t usually in the news for doing something amazing for LGBT rights, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t wonderful Texans working hard to change that, working hard to make a difference in the lives of LGBT people. In this year’s legislature, Texas lawmakers submitted 20 anti-LGBT proposals.Thankfully, all 20 proposals were defeated and with this momentum a new...

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Spotlight Series: Kimberly and Holly

Lesbian moms

TNF: Tell me about your family? 

Kimberly:My partner Holly and I were married in New York City 3 years ago on Sept 1, 2011 and we have been together for 5 years. We have a one-year-old daughter, Summer and we will be working on having another child soon. Right now, we are a complete family. We are very fortunate to have a sperm donor who still remain in our lives. We would never want to shut out...

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Same-Sex Military Spouses Refused Benefits in Texas

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On Friday, March 13, 2015, three same-sex military couples were denied assistance by the federal military identification card enrollment center at Camp Mabry, the headquarters of the Texas Military Forces, near Austin, Texas. All three couples were told by the center’s employee that they would not be provided service because their marriages were not...

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Texas Bill Would Punish Businesses If They Don’t Discriminate

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Texas Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) in 2009, blowing bubbles on the House floor “just because I felt like it.”
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Texas State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) has introduced two new bills that seek to criminalize the use of bathrooms by transgender people. Not only could trans people face jail time and fines for using gender-segregated facilities that match their gender, so too could...

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A Same-Sex Couple Just Legally Married In Texas

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Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend getting married with their daughters at their side. CREDIT: TWITTER/@TX4MARRIAGE

 

Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, who have been together for over 30 years, just became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Texas.

The state’s ban on same-sex marriage is seemingly still intact. The Fifth Circuit is still consideringthe federal challenge of the ban,...

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Spotlight Series: Joey and Scott

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TNF: Tell me about your family? 

JOEY:We got married last year in New York. Obviously it’s not legal in Texas, yet. I always say yet. A couple friends and my mom went up for the ceremony. We didn’t say anything about this to anyone except the friends and family that came with us. I didn’t want to go...

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New Marriage Equality Ad Running in Texas Features Police Officers Defending Gay Colleagues

Police officers defend Gay co-workers

Freedom to Marry began airing a statewide television ad this week in Texas featuring Fort Worth police officers who speak out in support of their gay colleague’s freedom to marry. The 30-second ad began running Sunday in multiple Texas markets during news and public affairs programs and comes days before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral argument in the Texas marriage case DeLeon v....

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The Right Stuff: Happy Babies and Happy Daddies in Dallas

By Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs

On our first date at a Moroccan restaurant in trendy uptown Dallas, we talked about having kids.  On our FIRST date. Usually conversations about starting a family will scare off a guy, but it’s a dream for two gay men. Well, more like a distantdream, particularly here in red-state Texas, where same sex marriages aren’t legally recognized and same sex adoption is only...

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Spotlight Series: James and Brian

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JAMES: My partner and I were married in Washington DC and have been together for 6 years. We have one child, a daughter, who is one year old. We would like at least 1 more child.

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TNF: How did you meet your husband?

JAMES: We met through a mutual acquaintance and our...

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Spotlight Series: Lori and Melissa

 

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Spotlight Series: Lori and Melissa

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TNF: Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? 

LORI:Melissa and I have been together since 2002. We are not currently married. We both agree that marriage isn’t something we are willing to do until everyone can freely marry whom they love regardless...

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