The Road to Adoption: An Out in Texas Story

The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land was life-changing for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ families. The historic ruling, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted every American the freedom to marry, and afforded same-sex couples and their children equal rights, benefits, and protections.

As the five-year anniversary of this historic ruling approached, Family Equality brought together two LGBTQ+ families in Texas to explore what marriage equality means to them. Their stories are shared in our inspirational Out in Texas series.

In episode four, Jaymes* and Cheralyn share their journey to becoming parents, first exploring IVF before then trying to get approved as adoptive parents to children in need of a family. After facing discrimination at multiple agencies, they became adoptive parents to siblings London and Duke.

Watch the episode below:

View the whole series here.

*Since the filming of Out in Texas, Jaymes has become the President & CEO of Family Equality. In 2023, they changed their name to Jaymes Black.

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