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She’s a New York state Assemblywoman with a gay son. Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro is one of a few parents who recognized and embraced their child’s homosexuality at an early age.
And her son’s sexual orientation is common knowledge in Willsboro, a town of about 1,900 residents in northern Essex County. A rainbow flag flies in front of the home that’s been in the family since the American Revolution.
The assemblywoman is currently lobbying for her son’s equal marriage rights.
The family’s story gained statewide notoriety when she spoke in an emotional appeal before the Assembly voted on a bill to legalize gay marriage. The bill passed the Assembly, but did not pass the Senate. In order to become law, a bill must be passed by both houses of the legislature and then signed by the governor.
Assemblywoman Sayward views the issue as one of civil rights.
“They scream morality and stuff like that,” she said. “Well if two gay men can adopt a child, it would be nice if they can give a child one name or something like that.”
She has grappled with the issue for years. Asked how she knew, Sayward said it was simply a mother’s instinct.
“…I knew that my little boy when he went off to kindergarten was not the same as the other little boys,” she said.
Sayward has taken some political heat for taking a position on gay marriage. She was one of only four Republicans in the Assembly who voted in favor of the gay marriage bill. The Conservative party likely will not endorse her for re-election because of her stance on gay marriage.
Watch video of Assemblywoman Sayward as she speaks on the Assembly floor about her son, during a debate about gay marriage in New York.
A lesbian couple in Oregon had a child two years ago through artificial insemination. The birth certificate was suppose to indicate both woman as parents, but the document arrived at their home with the other woman’s name crossed out. The child’s birth certificate recognized only the birth mother as the child’s parent, so the two women filed suit.
A Multnomah County Circuit Judge says two Oregon laws on parental rights violate the state’s constitution when applied to same-gender couples.
Judge Bloch found that assigning benefits based on marriage, while not permitting same-sex couples access to these benefits, constitutes illegal discrimination against certain families.
He determined Oregon’s new domestic partnership law would be a solution to the problem if it is goes into effect as planned on January 1st.
However, the couple and gay rights groups say a signature-collection effort is already under way to delay and ultimately overturn that law.
Kate Penland loves her kid’s personality. They were having a great time getting ready for take-off aboard a Continental Express plane, in Houston, when an altercation developed with a company flight attendant.
The 19-month-old boy kept repeating a phrase about the plane taking off and the attendant eventually told the mom she needed to investigate the power and pleasure of Baby Benedryl.
Other passengers began speaking up on the mom’s behalf, but the flight attendant got angrier and announced they were turning the jet around and that Penland and her son were going to be taken off the plane.
UPDATE: Passengers were stuck on the plane for 11 hours prior to the altercation between the mom and flight attendant.
Our buddy Greg, at Daddytypes.com provides an artist’s rendition of the airplane’s cabin section along with his own prescription for the
hateful stressed-out flight attendant.
A few months ago, a Washington state family with two moms was living a great life.
But after nearly 18 years together, one was stricken with a brain aneurysm and died. The family says the way they were treated by a Miami hospital compounded their shock and grief.
From Olympian: “Even after a friend in Olympia faxed the legal documents that showed that Pond had authorized Langbehn to make medical decisions for her, Langbehn said she wasn’t invited to be with her partner or told anything about her condition. She said she wasn’t allowed to see Pond again until a priest arrived to give . . . Last Rites.”
Langbehn told The Miami Herald the social worker’s name — Garnett Frederick.
Frederick, 54, ”strongly denies making the comments,” says the hospital’s VP of public relations, Robert Alonso. Alonso says Pond was at Ryder Trauma Center, where doctors delivered ”immediate emergency clinical interventions”. That accounts for any delay in Langbehn seeing Pond, Alonso says. “We have a very liberal visitation policy. As soon as it’s humanly possible and appropriate to bring in visitors, we do.”
We contacted the hospital and received a response within minutes .
Jan runs a great website dedicated to her family, which of course still includes Lisa.
“The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth” is a book written with lesbians in mind. Lesbians have special needs when it comes to pregancy and birth, and this book is targeted toward our lives.
Parentbooks says, “Written by experienced midwives, The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth is a step-by-step handbook to the physical and emotional stages of giving birth…This warm and accessible book is both practical and inspirational, providing everything women need to know to become mothers and empowering them to address the social and personal issues surrounding lesbian pregnancy.”
Features of the book include: resource guides to fertility centers, legal and medical information; sample medical and legal forms and contracts; fertility charts; and nutritional charts.
The Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth, written by Stephanie Brill and Kim Toevs. Alyson, 2002
“Heather Has Two Mommies”
A book that never fails to answer questions for children ages 2 to 6. This is a simple story about a little girl named Heather and her two lesbian mothers. She’s a preschooler who discovers that some of her friends have very different sorts of families.
This book started a huge controversy when published in 1989. The religious right attacked the book, but libraries and bookstores supported Heather and her moms.
Heather Has Two Mommies, 10th anniversary edition written by Newman Leslea. Alyson, 2000
Here’s a little African-Canadian girl who’s having trouble at school. A teacher has issues with Asha’s lesbian mums and classmates get curious too. Family unity is stressed and healthy lessons are learned.
Asha’s Mums, written by Rosamund Elwin. Women’s Press, 1990