True Story: How a couple over 50 came to adopt a Guatemalan son and become a family

Ken Manford and Jeffrey Roach welcomed son Jackson into their family through an international adoption in 2002. From the Georgia Voice story.
Ken Manford and Jeffrey Roach welcomed son Jackson into their family through an international adoption in 2002. From the Georgia Voice story.

For a gay or lesbian couple to adopt a child and live in a state known for its hostility to gays, especially outside of the big cities, is a challenge. So when Ken and Jeff wanted to adopt Jackson the question was how would people in conservative Texas react to two men raising a baby? And how would Manford and Roach address the truth about their family to total strangers who felt their awesome trio was actually harmful to Jackson’s well being? A simple trip to the grocery store as a gay dad would prove to be a test.

“When you have a kid and you go to the grocery—you’re out. Every single checker in the world would say, ‘How sweet that you let mom have the day off and you’re doing the grocery shopping,’” he recalls a store clerk commenting.

“You can never hide that [sexual orientation] because your child will see that you’re embarrassed by your lifestyle. It forced me to say, ‘Oh actually he has two dads and his other dad is at home right now.’ The shocked look on people’s faces in Dallas, Texas was priceless.”

Read the full story here: http://thegavoice.com/gift-guatemala-decatur-gay-couple-became-popdaddy/

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