Thursday, June 01, 2006

Screams of Outrage/Whoops of Joy

(updated)

In honor of Blogging for LGBT Families Day, Natalie wants you to know that babies with two moms scream and fuss and want their moms to pay attention to them instead of the computer just like babies with straight parents. We'll post more later....

Nat's not the only one screaming in outrage these days. We continue to be frustrated in our quest to be a legally recognized family, but we are moving forward. Since we last wrote, my employer has grudgingly put our daughter on my insurance but insists that they must have a birth certificate and SSN within 60 days of her birth (or, if that proves impossible, as it will, I must furnish proof that the birth cert and SSN are in process. Acquiring such will be a Herculean task in and of itself). Regarding the birth certificate, our lawyer advised us that, of course, we were in the right, and told us how to proceed. We have yet to hear from Vital Records, but since they were so quick to tell us when there was a problem, no news may actually be good news, and we may someday get a birth certificate showing Natalie's correct last name, our family name. Of course, it won't show Cait's name at all until we are able to complete the second parent adoption, which can't be done until October, because DC requires a six month waiting period. As mentioned before, they also require a home study, and Cait has now completed and sent in the first mountain of paperwork. Two more social worker visits and (hopefully smaller) mountains of paperwork left to go. Oh, and of course, more large checks to both the social worker and the lawyer. So hopefully by sometime in October, we'll have some of the legal symbols and protections that a straight family in this country would have had from the get go.

While all that is really important-- and the lack of the legal protections for Cait's parental status at present is terrifying --we actually don't spend that much time thinking about it. Because, after all, we have our wonderful, beautiful, funny, determined, squirmy Naterpillar to keep us busy. And it's true what they say, love makes a family.

Capitolly Queer Family

Natalie refuses even to look at the Capitol until all families have equal rights.

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