Gay dads, Kent and Diego Love-Ramirez, were pleasantly surprised when they were invited by the President to celebrate Father’s Day at the White House. The couple, with their 2-year-old son, Lucas, will spend the day on the South Lawn of the White House with our nation’s First Dad.
When their son was born on New Year’s Day in 2011, Diego cut the umbilical cord. Kent was the first to hold him.
However, in Michigan, they cannot both legally be Lucas’ dad, and gay marriage is not recognized. So for them, the invitation from the President is a validation of their bond.
“For us, it’s especially meaningful,” Kent told the Detroit Free Press.
“Because Michigan doesn’t have second parent adoption, we’re not both legally recognized as Lucas’ fathers. Only one of us is. It’s nice that even though we don’t have legal recognition in our home state that the White House has seen fit to include us.”
The Love-Ramirezes have fought for their equal rights. They were able to navigate their way through a number of legal hoops so that they’re now both able to take their son to the doctor, to pick him up from daycare, and do what they can together to safeguard a secure future for him.
They, with Lucas, told the House Committee what their priorities should be.
The video can be viewed in full below.
Together, they testified against a Michigan House bill that would have given faith-based organizations, on religious grounds, to opt out of performing or assisting in adoptions.
The family was chosen when the White House came looking for “dynamic father leaders” for their work with the Family Equality Council. They volunteered to set up a family space during last year’s Michigan Pride.
As a pilot for Delta Air Lines, Diego has been training on a new aircraft in Atlanta, and though will be able to take a day off to attend the White House celebration, he will not be able to join in for the festivities for Father’s Day Sunday.