Love Makes a Family


If you live in or around Brookfield, there's something in your neighborhood that, according to at least this Journal Sentinel columnist, can change hearts and minds about what makes a family.

From now until Sunday, March 14, the exhibit “Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents and Their Families” will be up at the Unitarian Universalist Church in West Brookfield.

The pictures of smiling kids, adults and an occasional cat or dog could be out of any family album.

Next to each photo are their stories. How they met. Perhaps when they realized they were gay. Sometimes how they broke up. How they became a biological parent or adopted children. Maybe how they brought children to their new family from previous unsuccessful heterosexual relationships.

It's good to read these stories about real human beings. But if you can't get through the narrative, then just take a look at those pictures.


They look to me like normal - yes, normal, happy, loving families.

For the life of me, I don't see why so many seem so threatened by the notion of a loving, committed relationship between two people of the same sex. Particularly two who are also committed to the loving upbringing of children in their home, in their family.

The thought of state after state banning civil unions by constitutional edict - you'll probably get to vote on Wisconsin joining them in the fall election - really disheartens me.

My 34 years of marriage to my husband have never once been threatened because the woman who was my maid of honor has been in a decades-long union with her partner, also a woman.


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