What Equality Means to These Inspiring Same-Sex Parents


On Friday, June 26 history was made—the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. While you watched your Facebook newsfeed turn rainbow, many LGBT parents celebrated the legalization of their love and acceptance by the country they call home. When it comes to raising children—and being committed to your husband or wife—we believe love is love. Let these families inspire you with their sweet stories.

Michelle and Colleen Grayman from Phoenix

What Equality Means to 4 Inspiring Gay Parents

Michelle and Colleen have been married for two years and are proud moms to 9-month-old twin boys, Moses and Elias.

What equality means to their family: "It means our sons will grow up in a world where family is defined by love instead of gender. Our family will forever celebrate June 26 as the day love won."

Their hope for future generations: "We hope that it inspires future generations to continue the fight for equality. We've come a long with the Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, dismissing Proposition 8 and now affirming the constitutionality of gay marriage, but there's still work to be done. It's up to future generations to carry the torch for equality forward."

Bill Horn and Scout Masterson from Los Angeles

What Equality Means to 4 Inspiring Gay Parents

Bill and Scout married on July 3, 2013, a couple days after Prop 8 was ruled unconstitutional, but they've been together for 13 years. They're proud dads to 10-month old Bosley and 5-year-old Simone.

What equality means to their family: "It means we'll never have to explain to our kids why daddies' marriage is different than other people's. And on a practical level, it means we're married from coast-to-coast. We don't have to worry about being treated differently in a state that doesn't recognize our marriage."

Their hope for future generations: "It's true that 'It Gets Better' and this ruling reinforces that for future generations of gay youth. When we were kids, the idea of being married and having kids seemed foreign for no other reason then people told us it was."

Ilan Weisberg and Mauricio Ledesma from Brooklyn, N.Y.

What Equality Means to 4 Inspiring Gay Parents

Ilan and Mauricio haven't married yet, but they're definitely open to it in the future. They're also proud dads to 1-year-old Ellie, who they had via surrogate with Family Source Consultants.

What equality means to their family: "It means being [part of] 'normality'—that we get to live our normal life. Just like many families, we get up every day and change diapers, make breakfasts, etc. Now we're also 'normal' in the eyes of the law. Equality is not having to define our family and put a label on it—it's 'marriage' not 'gay marriage'."

Their hope for future generations: "We're optimistic; as a nation we have come so far compared to the prejudice facing previous generations. This landmark ruling has seen millions of people speak out with the message: 'Our families matter too.' The ruling has created a sense of acceptance. We hope this acceptance only grows for future generations—everyone has the right to live freely, honestly, and safely. Everyone has the right to make choices with no fear of prejudice from others."

Kevin and Brian Fisher-Paulson from San Francisco

What Equality Means to 4 Inspiring Gay Parents

Kevin and Brian met in 1985 and illegally tied the knot on September 19, 1987. They were legally married on the same day, in 2008. They have two sons, 11-year-old Zane and 10-year-old Aidan.

What equality means to their family: "As soon as my iPhone pinged, I knew without looking that the Supreme Court had validated our 30-year marriage. To misquote Martin Luther King, Jr., 'Married at last! Married at last! Thank God, Almighty, we are married at last!' And so the first person who I called was my husband:

'They did it! We're married!'

'That's great. But I have to go drop Aidan off at zoo camp.'

"And before we knew it, life was back to normal. I am profoundly grateful that I live in a world where our lives are now as normal as dropping our son off at zoo camp."

Their hope for future generations: "Oh, the war is not over. There is still employment discrimination and there are still confederate flags somewhere and we still don't take my gay husband and mixed race children to visit my father-in-law in Idaho. But just for today, five out of nine supreme court justices think that 'no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family ... They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.'"