Gay dads adopt 14 kids (video)

Steve and Roger Ham have adopted 14 kids from foster care in, of all places, Arizona.  It was 12, but apparently they recently added 2 more.

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“All of our kids have two parents that love them.
Most of their friends don’t.”

The men started by adopting one five-year-old boy named Michael.  But Michael had 4 siblings he worried endlessly about.  So they finally adopted them too.

More from the Arizona Republic, back in 2011, and a nice short video below:

Since 1997, conservative Arizona lawmakers have introduced a half-dozen bills that would keep single people, including gays and lesbians, from becoming foster parents or adopting children in the state’s care, or would move married couples to the top of the waiting list for adoptions. Those attempts – one as recent as last year – failed to muster enough votes. But this year was different. On April 18, Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that gives preference to married couples in state and private adoptions, all other criteria being equal. Yet, in 2009, the governor gave Steven and Roger Ham an award for their efforts at keeping siblings in foster care together through adoption.


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  • http://naildesignsite.com/ Kayle Jacob

    tell me again how gay parents are a BAD thing? Goddess Bless and Keep this precious family!

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  • http://hunteratrandom.blogspot.com/ rmthunter

    My mother was one of eleven children. It’s not like the parents are the only ones caring for the kids — the older ones help care for the younger ones, and they all look out for each other. It’s called a “family.”

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    I’ve got to hand it to them. Two were plenty for me. A close friend told us to never let them outnumber us. They seem like wonderful parents.

  • cole3244

    looking at my post again i need english lessons in constructing a sentence but i guess you got the point i was trying to make.

    i was raised catholic and i have been an atheist since 1963, less hate away from the hypocrites of all denominations.

    kudos to those two guys their kids are more fortunate than most.

  • sJames6621

    the majority of our society is tolerant but still far to many who eg re a gay 25 year old – (I’m not kiddidng ) I asked him if he was suicidal

    “I wouldnt give my catholic parents the pleasure of seeing me dead”

    A female to male trans about the same age- mixed Jewish catholic parents – he ended up living in his car for 6 mos..

    Remember the old love the sinner hate the sin, well in a still poisoned society it becomes hate the sinner. BUT

    Cheer for the new parents btw. My wife went nuts with 3, I traveled a lot and prob worked an average of 55 hrs a week for decades West coast employer, Im in MD. so factory open till about 8-9pm.

  • sJames6621

    Jan Brewer – trepub gov who was wwwith that sherrif tossing so many Hispanics into the jails.

    She owned a major interest in “prisons for profit” in AZ Toss her in the list with coulter, Bachmann, Palin etc – the shame of America

  • vickif

    I’m one of 11 kids and my parents were able to take care of all of us. It depends on the parents Good for these men.

  • vickif

    No it’s not.

  • JLSR

    Better them, than me! Thank GOD there are good, generous, loving people like Steve and Roger. Those kids are lucky to have them! And vice versa!

  • Chr477

    How can you afford that many kids?
    I get it they are nice fathers, but they are only human and can only spread their attention so far, no matter how well their intentions are.

  • Zorba

    And that is the essential quote, John. “But the kids are better off than in foster care.”
    Exactly. Two loving parents who have the best interests of their kids in the forefront, who love the kids, and who will love them even after the kids are adults.
    (And I don’t want to dis foster parents, because a lot of them are very good and caring, but many of them are also in it mainly for the money. Not that the money is great, but I have heard of too many foster parents who do not truly care for the kids.)

  • bpollen

    I would go crazy too… 2 kids sometimes drove me up the wall. With 12, simple logistics means that no child is going to get a whole lot of personal attention. But to know that there are two people who love you and are in your corner is absolutely priceless.

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  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I’d go crazy with 12 kids. But the kids are better off than in foster care.

  • Eric8

    That’s way too many children in a household.

  • cole3244

    i bet those kids all grow up to tolerant of others unlike most of our society.

  • kingstonbears

    12 very fortunate children. Thank you Steve and Roger.

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