Adam and Jeff met in the early 2000s through a friend who introduced them at a restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee. The couple are parents to two children, Jayden and Ian, but had to fight Tennessee’s discriminatory adoption laws in order to be legally recognized as parents. However, following the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality, opportunities opened up for the two.
“Jeff was finally able to adopt Jayden, our oldest son, who was 7 years old at the time, which was a huge relief,” Adam said. “Marriage equality meant Jeff finally being able to be the parent he had always been to Jayden legally, after years of us fighting for that adoption and recognition. It added that final stability for our children.”