In Michigan, if you’re gay or lesbian, you can’t get married.
And for LGBT partners who adopt children it’s nearly impossible for both to have parental rights. That causes legal difficulties in providing a secure future for the kids they’re raising.
Two-year-old Lucas has two dads, Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez.
Diego is an airline pilot, and Kent works at Michigan State University.
“We’ve been together just over ten years. And we married in a religious ceremony five years ago and just legally married in Washington, D.C.," said Kent.
Kent and Diego are the only parents Lucas has ever known. But, the State of Michigan does not recognize one of them as a parent.