Lots of family profiles in this edition. Enjoy!
- Lesbian mom Rose Arce writes at CNN.com about her daughter’s two moms—and two dads (the girl’s biological father and his partner). Among other things, she observes that she and her child’s biological dad are both Latinos, “a community plagued by high rates of unwanted pregnancies and single motherhood. It’s ironic to us that I’m legally classified as a single mom when our daughter has an abundance of parents.”
- New Zealand couple Janine Chester and Anja Otto have done what other same-sex couples in the country cannot do, and adopted a child. They did so in the U.K.—Chester has dual citizenship—and New Zealand has recognized them both as the girl’s parents. Several New Zealand MPs are also drafting different bills that could allow same-sex couples to adopt.
- The U.K.’s Daily Mail profiles Chief Warrant Officer 2 Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, a lesbian mom with terminal breast cancer who is also among the plantiffs in a case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
- Jean Ann Esselink at The New Civil Rights Movement profiles North Carolina gay dads Bob Page and Dale Frederiksen, who adopted twin boys from Vietnam and then returned to the country nine years later so they could visit their birth mother. Page is also the CEO of Replacements, Ltd., a leading business in North Carolina.
- Cooper Smith and Todd Koch, gay dads from Dallas who appeared in retailer J.C. Penney’s June catalog, spoke with local station WFAA about the attention their ad has received.
- Straight single mom Christine Coppa writes at Babble on “Teaching Your Preschooler About Homosexuality.” It’s aimed at straight parents, but it’s nice to see support from an ally. (Make that allies; the comments are overwhelmingly positive.)
- The Science & Sensibility blog from Lamaze International features a guest post from Cathy Busha, a lesbian soon-to-be mom who addresses the question, “How Welcoming Is Your Childbirth Class To All Families?“
- And in the “not really news” department, a spokesperson for Mr. Romney “said it is the candidate’s long held belief children are better off with straight parents,” reports Politicker.com. Clearly he and Michael Lamb need to have a little chat.