Gay parents Peter and Danny were married by the same judge who approved their son's adoption 12 years prior, says Peter Mercurio in a riveting Feb. 28 story in The New York Times. Mercurio weaves a compelling tale about his family's story, which includes many unique twists and turns.
Danny found their son, Kevin, then an abandoned infant, in a New York subway station. Fast forward three months, when Danny was sharing the story of the baby's discovery in a courtroom.
"Suddenly, the judge asked, 'Would you be interested in adopting this baby?,'" writes Mercurio. "The question stunned everyone in the courtroom, everyone except for Danny, who answered, simply, 'Yes.'"
The adoption happened and a family was born. Fast forward 12 more years and son, Kevin, suggests his dads track down the judge who'd processed their adoption and ask her to marry them.
"We weren’t supposed to be there, two men, with a son we had never dreamed of by our side, getting married by a woman who changed and enriched our lives more than she would ever know. But there we were," writes Mercurio.
Gay parents like Peter and Danny often build their families through adoption and those numbers are increasing. Nearly 20 percent of same-sex couples that are raising children have built their families through adoption, according to The Williams Institute.