A judge in Texas has systematically stomped all over the hearts of two very dedicated dads, bringing another heartbreaking story
Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna are two happily married men who live in the state of Texas, a place where gay marriage is banned. The men connected with a woman named CharLynn, who graciously agreed to be their surrogate mother for their twin boys, Lucas and Ethan. Both men are individual fathers to one of the babies, making the twin's birth that much more special.
However, as wondeful as this story starts out, last week the couple were denied parental rights in court, and were unable to get their names on the twin's birth certificates, according to a Texan judge.
Riggs explained, “We were sworn in and ultimately the judge was saying that with the information she had in front of her, under Texas law she couldn’t grant it. I was shocked. We had a ton of questions as we walked away from that courtroom.”
This is odd though, the men state, since other gay couples in the state of Texas have been able to get through the paperwork with no problems at all.
What Riggs and Hanna fear are the potential consequences that would befall their children if something were to happen to one of the fathers. Hanna says, “Without [co-adoption], if something happened to either me or Joe we don’t have any legal recourse to keep the other’s biological child. The state could come in and separate these two brothers…We want to reiterate how important it is for a state to recognize each family, whether it's same-sex or opposite-sex, and really to ensure everyone has equal protection from the state.”
For the second-parent adoption process to go through, the state has to legally recognize that they are in fact, a married couple. Kind of hard to do in a notoriously anti-LGBT state who clearly does not approve of same-sex marriage. So the men wait, hoping and praying that somehow they can take care of their wonderful twin boys without being afraid for their future. Stay with PopWrapped as this troubling story develops, and we'll keep you up to date on the Riggs-Hanna family.
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