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They currently have 37,000 likes as of 11:15 am August 15. The following was written by the daughter of Dennis Duban and Kevin Scot Montgomery-Duban.
A modern family making a big difference.
By Chelsea Montgomery-Duban
My name is Chelsea Austin Montgomery-Duban and I am an 18 year-old living in Southern California with my two Dads. I am genetically linked to both of my parents—through my Dad and my Daddy’s sister. When my parents decided to have me this kind of genetic linkage was extremely rare, as was a gay couple raising a kid. Eighteen years later, you would think that peoples’ mindsets towards gay families would have changed, but sadly many people still don’t seem to understand that my family is like every other family. The fact that my parents are gay has not affected my upbringing in any way. I work hard in school, I pursue many extracurricular activities and I am extraordinarily driven.
So why can’t people see that my parents are just as capable, loving and inspirational as any straight parents? I adore my Dads. They are my best friends and role models and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them. It’s because of them that I live the most amazing and blessed life. The three of us have an incredible time together and I can’t imagine having been raised by anyone else. It also makes me think that people who don’t understand my family are obviously ignorant and misguided, at the very least—I mean it’s nearly impossible not to see the love that each of us has for one another. These are the reasons I’m so passionate about achieving equal rights for every member of our great nation. I don’t see how we are any less than any one else, but I know for a fact that our family has shared more love and happiness with the world and each other than most families do in a lifetime.
For a long time we merely tried to live by example but after Proposition 8 passed in California, making same sex marriage illegal, I realized that being an example was just not enough and that I needed to take action. I needed to stand up for the people that gave me life, unconditional love and paved the way for me to live a fantastic life. That’s why in 2008 when they got married after being together for 26 years (now 29 years) I posted the video of my speech at their wedding on YouTube.