Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs got married in Massachusetts and now live in Texas. They’re raising newborn twins — they worked with an egg donor and a surrogate so they could each father one of the children, making the babies biological half-brothers.
But the legal hurdle they’ve been thrown hardly takes any of that into consideration. A Texas judge has ruled that not only can they not adopt each other’s biological child, but the men’s names cannot appear on the kids’ birth certificates — even the child that each man biologically fathered.
"Actually, I think that’s what surprised me the most was a family court," Riggs told Dallas-Fort Worth’s KDFW. “I guess I expected them to be looking out for the best interest of our kids, but I felt we walked out that day and it wasn’t in the best interest of our kids.”
According to GLAAD, “The law is ‘unclear’ as to whether LGBT parents can jointly adopt, meaning such family protections vary from judge to judge and county to county.”
Although the federal government recognizes the couple’s marriage, the state of Texas does not, making second-parent adoption more difficult to obtain. The judge did not elaborate on her reasoning for denying the men’s request to be listed as the fathers of their biological children, and neither man has seen his son’s birth certificate, GLAAD notes.
This is absolutely horrifying. I don’t even know what to say.
Me waiting to hear the MRA’s angry responses and plan of action to fight what is clearly some anti-fatherhood legislation: