Jessica and Aundrea Dybing-Jorgensen - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Jessica and Aundrea Dybing-Jorgensen live in Sioux Falls,
South Dakota, with their five-year old twin daughters, Morgan and Mitra.
gave birth to the girls while she was in a relationship with a man, but later
the girls’ biological father dropped out of their life. Aundrea immediately felt very connected to
the girls and spent a lot of time with them. The couple realized they needed to
legally protect their family and ensure that both Jessica and Aundrea were
recognized as the girls’ mothers. As Jessica explains, “We've gone through a
lot of battles to get our family to the place where we are now. Though we
have never felt our family was any less important when we first met, we feel
that we've had to jump through hoops for society and the law to accept our
family, even though it still isn't looked at equally compared to a family with
a mom and a dad.”
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Carrie and Lisa - North Carolina
the minute Carrie and Lisa met, they knew that they wanted to expand their
family together. Lisa already had two sons from a previous marriage, so it made
sense for Carrie to be the one to get pregnant. In the midst of planning for
the arrival of their daughter, Zoë, Carrie and Lisa never questioned that they
would both be Zoë’s parents. But after talking to friends who had also had
children, the couple realized that their options were limited in North Carolina.
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