The 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made marriage equality the law of the land was life-changing for hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ+ families. The historic ruling, in Obergefell v. Hodges, granted every American the freedom to marry, and afforded same-sex couples and their children equal rights, benefits, and protections.
As the five-year anniversary of this historic ruling approached, Family Equality brought together two LGBTQ+ families in Texas to explore what marriage equality means to them. Their stories are shared in our inspirational Out in Texas series.
In episode three, Greg and Phillip share their journey to becoming parents, using assisted reproductive technology and the help of a surrogate to bring Tekla and Bodie into their family. A few years later, Phillip’s nephew Colton was at risk of entering the foster care system, so Phillip and Greg fought against discrimination in Alabama and Texas to eventually become his foster — and later adoptive — parents.
Watch the episode below: