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TEXAS JUDGE DENIES TWO GAY DADS PARENTAL RIGHTS TO THEIR BIOLOGICAL TWIN SONS

tumblr_n77z2lvvBs1t0i06oo1_1280Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs each biologically fathered one of the twin boys,  Lucas and Ethan, with a common surrogate mother. A Texas family court judge denied the fathers’ request to list either of the men on the boys’ birth certificates. The Fort Worth Judge also denied Jason and Joe’s request to cross-adopt the twin boys as a second parent to each.

Although the couple was legally married in Washington D.C. the State of Texas refuses to  recognize their parental rights. In Texas, as in 17 other states, the law is “unclear” as to whether LGBT parents can jointly adopt, meaning such family protections vary from judge to judge or county to county. Because Texas does not recognize Jason and Joe’s marriage, says the couple, second-parent adoption is much harder to achieve.

jason-hanna-joe-riggsIn response to the family court judge’s decision Joe Riggs told Dallas-Fort Worth’s KDFW, “I guess I expected them to be looking out for the best interest of our kids… Ultimately, we’re talking about is what’s better: one parent or two parents, for me it’s two parents. It’s a no-brainer.”

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