AZ Central recently featured the wonderful story of Steve and Roger Ham, a gay couple raising 12 adopted children in a state not historically known for positive attitudes toward the ideas of gay marriage OR gay adoption. (In the ’90s, Arizona legalized a bill specifically giving married couples adoptive preference over single people, regardless of sexual preference.) Despite these formidable roadblocks, Steve and Roger adopted twelve children out of foster care — and couldn’t be happier with their family.
It’s 11-year-old Andrew’s turn to set the table for dinner, and he deals out 14 paper plates as if they were playing cards.
Marcus, 5, climbs onto a bench and announces, “It smells like pancakes.”
His brother, 3-year-old Cooper, counters, “I think it smells like chicken.”
“It smells like Ambrose,” says Logan, 7, climbing in between Cooper and their sister Ambrose, who’s 4. She glares at the laughing boys.
Actually, it smells like spaghetti. A big pot of homemade sauce is bubbling on the stove.
The six littlest children fit on the 9-foot-long bench along one side of the table. Andrew and the four other big kids sit in chairs on the other side. Olivia, the baby of the family, is in a high chair. Daddy sits at one end, Papa at the other.
Steven and Roger Ham are raising 12 children, all adopted from foster care, in Arizona, one of the most unlikely places for two gay men to piece together a family.
Read more about the family at AZ Central’s website!