Leaving the daily grind behind was the best job decision I have ever made, and Thumbtack has made it all possible!Photo by Justin Cook (background) Isaiah Johnson-Long; (middle) Chantelle Fisher-Borne with son, Eli; Joe Hendrix-Smith with mother Leigh Smith and sister Quinn; (foreground) Marcie Fisher-Borne and Miller Caffery-Draa Six same-sex couples are suing the state of North Carolina and Durham and Guilford county court officials as they seek to overturn the state Supreme Court's 2010 ban on second-parent adoptions and the state's prohibition on gay marriage.
It is a great job to be in the business of enhancing love and commitment between two people by marrying them.
Each day brings new challenges and new clients, all seeking to make their bonds of affection permanent through the ceremony I write for them.
BECK: The two things that have kept Leslie and I together, and the key to our success, is our ability to communicate with each other and our sense of humor. They came from a severely neglectful, abusive early childhood.
When they came to us, my younger son, who was 6, didn't know how to chew. So it was important for us to formally ask the courts through this lawsuit to recognize our family.
The joy and peace I have found in our marriage convinced me that I could spread this wonderful feeling to others by creating memorable marriage ceremonies.
I had performed weddings for family and friends before but not as a business.KNIGHT CAFFERY: I echo Dana's sentiments about making sure our family remains cohesive no matter what, but in the event that something very unlikely happened to me, my worst fear is that our children would be torn apart and taken away from her, and she's the only other parent they've ever known.Because I'm an attorney, I understand the significance of the legal arguments in discrimination and I always felt like this is part of my calling, to do legal advocacy work on the part of the gay and lesbian community.I have a very strained relationship with them, but if something were to happen to me, there is a possibility that my parents can end up raising our kids. We felt it was our responsibility to our kids and to our relationship, but also to other families who were in similar situations. I wanted to make sure that if anything happened to Lee Knight—now, I have a great relationship with her family, but not having legal protections, you know, all bets are off.SMITH: We want them to know that we're a family unit, and marriage does that. Dana Draa, 42, works at the VA with blind and visually impaired veterans. I really needed to do this to say that I had done all that I could do for not just my family but for other families like ours.They are being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation. Smith, was filed in Greensboro last year and amended this summer to include a challenge to the gay marriage ban.