Twelve years ago a newborn baby boy, with his umbilical cord still attached, was found on the stairs of a New York subway station by a gay man. And as fate turns out, the gay couple soon adopted the infant through the kindness of a judge, according to the March 1, 2013 news article by Jon Campbell , Christian Post Contributor, "Baby Found in Subway: Gay Couple Adopt Abandoned NY Baby, Making Film."
The men only had to wait 36 hours for the baby to become available for adoption. The man who found the baby made an instant decision in front of the judge to adopt the infant after the judge surprised him with the question, "Do you want to adopt this baby?" Check out the NY Times article, "We Found Our Son in the Subway - Opinionator - The New York Times."
That baby found in the subway has been adopted and brought up by a gay couple who found him. Twelve years have passed since that day. The story recently has been highlighted by various media sources, and has since went viral in the news and social media. You can check out the story of how Danny Stewart found the baby boy in a New York City subway station in August 2000, according to The New York Times.
Man who adopted baby is a social worker and partner is a playwright
The man who first found the baby is a social worker, and he immediately called the police to report the found baby. He also called his partner. Authorities finally took the baby into custody from the two gay men. But when the man who found the baby appeared in court to testify about how he found the baby on the stairs of a New York subway station, the judge suddenly asked him during court proceedings whether he would like to adopt the baby? Instead of hesitating and saying he'd have to consult his partner, the man answered 'yes.'
When he told his partner later about his split second decision, his partner at first became angry that he wasn't consulted. But at that time, the two men weren't yet married. Years later, New York passed a law allowing marriage between two people of the same gender. As time passed, the man's gay partner realized how much he also wanted to adopt the baby. The couple realized that this could be their only chance to adopt a baby together. Within 36 hours notice, the gay couple signed the papers to adopt the baby boy.
Judge who asked whether the gay partners wanted to adopt the newborn boy also officiated at the couple's wedding when same sex marriage became legal in NYC
It makes for a great film or play because, out of the luck of the year or the judgment of the judge, the couple was allowed legally to adopt the child. And the three were living together as a family in time to celebrate Christmas of the year the baby was adopted.
The couple renamed the boy Kevin - he was initially named "Baby ACE" as he was found at a subway station connecting the A, C and E lines. The couple legally married in New York twelve years later, in 2011, as soon as gay marriage became legal in that state.
It was the same judge, once more, that the couple contacted to officiate at their wedding, the very same judge that suggested and granted the two gay men custody of Kevin almost twelve years before. The female judge agreed to officiate at the gay couple's wedding. And now they're a family of three males.
The man's partner (husband) is turning the story into a film named 'Found'
The partner is a playwright. What a warm-hearted moment in a family that truly loves and is parenting this child. But the news doesn't say whether the media has ever talked to the 12-year old boy on his family life with two men married to one another. It would serve as a lesson in family happiness for others to know that two men married to each other can raise a well-adjusted, happy child in a home centered on family life. The story is now viral in the media.
The two men put the welfare, future, and emotional security of the baby first as part of a family ahead of any concern about their marriage, orientation, or partnership. And soon a film will be in the works about their story as a family. The subway steps is no place for a newborn. But a family that wants this child is what the focus of the film features.