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Teen in foster care since 2010 dreams of being adopted by two gay dads

Josh Milton October 31, 2019
Bradley, a 16-year-old teen from Michigan, really wants to be adopted by two dads. (Screenshot via WXYZ)

Bradley, a 16-year-old teen from Michigan, really wants to be adopted by two dads. (Screenshot via WXYZ)

Bradley loves to play Minecraft and is pretty proud of the fort he made, he enjoys swimming and is a bit of a motor-mouth – he just loves to talk.

The 16-year-old from Michigan has been in foster care since 2010, and all he wants is to be adopted – by two gay dads.

He loves otters and dreams of being a zookeeper one day, and he told WXYZ: “I love animals. And I love swimming and I love camping and going to the zoo.”

All Bradley wants is to be adopted by two gay dads.

When asked about his hopes for adoption, he simply said: “I would like two dads.

“And I would like a dog, and I want my own room,” he added. He didn’t give a reason for wanting two dads, but did specify that as long as they enjoy family dinners and camping, it’s all good in his eyes.

According to the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange, his social worker said that “Bradley is a very sweet kid”.

“He is very enthusiastic and energetic. He is very passionate about any of his current interests.

“Right now, it happens to be animals.”

“For Bradley, I really wish to find him a family who is willing to take a chance on him, who has community support – because he loves doing activities – someone who is willing to take the time to get to know who he is in person – not just who he is on paper.

“Because who he is in person is so much more than is he on paper,” she said.

If you’d like to adopt Bradley, please call the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange at (800)589-6273.

Religious adoption agencies have fought for the right to discrimination same-sex families for years.

The state of Michigan has been a battleground in the world of adoption laws for queer families in recent years.

Michigan has no statutory ban on same-sex couples adopting and earlier this year a lawsuit was settled that barred faith-based adoption agencies from turning away same-sex couples.

Religious adoption agencies sue Michigan to avoid same-sex parents
(LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty)

But last month, a judge ruled to allow a Catholic adoption agency that contracts with the state to refuse to place children in LGBT+ homes, Time reported.

The judge called that hate ban on discrimination violated the agency’s “sincerely held religious beliefs”.

This followed lengthy court battles from LGBT+ families and religious agencies across the last decade, with religious adoption agencies arguing they would rather shutter their doors completely than work with same-sex couples.

 

More: adoption, Gay Dads, Michigan, US

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