This Sunday, May 12, families across the country will come together to celebrate their mothers and reflect on the importance of honoring the women who have served as caregivers, mentors, and guardians for their children. Mothers' Day is a time to recognize the many varieties of families that come together to make our country so interesting. There is no one formulation for what makes a strong family, and there is no magic blueprint for what makes a good mother: The one thing that strong, dynamic families have in common is love, and the common denominator in amazing mothers is compassion for their children.
To celebrate Mothers' Day this year, we checked in with twelve awesome families with two moms. Some of these parents are married, but many live in states where same-sex couples do not have the freedom to marry; even those who are legally married face challenges because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, which denies their marriage federal respect and over 1,100 responsibilities that would help to protect their families. These couples are already doing the work of marriage in their daily lives - and they need to be able to share in the freedom to marry and have the option of solidifying their union through the legal commitment of marriage under the law.