First Throuple to Have 3 Dads Put on Child’s Birth Certificate | 22 Words

3 dads have made legal history after they became the first throuple to have all 3 names listed on their child's birth certificate...

Becoming a parent is a blessing.


But how would you feel if you couldn't be named on your child's birth certificate?


Well, for 3 dads that was nearly a reality.


But fortunately, after fighting, they became the first throuple to have 3 dads named on their child's birth certificate.

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People express love in different ways...

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And for many, expressing their love isn't always exclusive to just one person.

Many people consider themselves to be polyamorous...

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Polyamory is defined as loving more than one person, and it is often mistaken for an "open relationship."

A lot of people feel unfulfilled in a single relationship...

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In reality, polyamorous relationships are unique in that they are comprised of multiple, loving partnerships.

Many struggle to characterize a polyamorous relationship, however...

According to New York City relationship expert and author Susan Winter, a polyamorous relationship is often “characterized by a primary couple that openly (and with mutual consent) engage with other romantic partners. These sexual liaisons may be enacted as a couple, or independently."

These types of relationships differ depending on the person...

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For some people, a polyamorous relationship involves being in a relationship with multiple people but having one main partner. For others, polyamory is the possibility of being in 2 completely separate relationships.

And while polyamory works well for a lot of couples.

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It doesn't come without it's difficulties.

One of the biggest difficulties for those in a polyamorous relationship is society.

Unfortunately, a minority of people are unaccepting of polyamorous relationships.

Society is in some ways not set up for polyamorous relationships...

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As one throuple found out when they had to fight to have all 2 names on their children's birth certificates.

A moment of legal history that has been praised online...

Ian Jenkins, Alan Mayfield, and Jeremy Allen Hodges faced restrictive laws that prevented them from building a family through surrogacy.


But after a battle in court, they made legal history back in 2017 after a judge allowed all 3 dads to be named on the birth certificate of their daughter, Piper.

The trio, who are now parents to 2 children, daughter Piper, and son Parker, broke a huge milestone for polyamorous families in the US.


But it wasn't easy...

Speaking to The Morning Show, Alan said, "The big challenge for us was the legal challenges."

"So with surrogacy you have to have a parentage order from the court, declaring who will be the legal parents."

"At the beginning, we weren't sure that we could all 3 of us on the birth certificate, so it became a court process."

"We argued in court - it was a pretty interesting, tense courtroom scene. At first it seemed we were not going to be granted that, so we asked to speak in court and pled out viewpoint and the judge ultimately changed her mind and granted us legal parentage for our child before she was born."

Ian has written a book titled, Three Dads and a Baby, to share their story and the memoir, he wrote...


"We wanted everyone to know that love makes a family and families may look different but if you care about your kids and you're doing everything you can to give them the best possible childhood - that's what matters."

If a child's loved and looked after, surely that's all that should matter.

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