In the majority of circumstances, the arrival of a new baby is longed-for, sought after and happily anticipated. The extreme joy that most parents experience at the arrival of their brand new bundle of joy is often difficult for those who do not have children to fully understand. However, some of that joy is dampened for same-sex partners. While couples in Massachusetts may have a somewhat easier time because their marriages is recognized by the state, compared to same-sex couples where same-sex marriage is banned, they may encounter complications if they leave the state. One couple in a nearby state wants to reduce some of these potential complications by seeking a same-sex partner adoption even though the non-biological parent is recognized as a legal parent in their current state.
People going on long trips often know the complications of travel. There are bags to pack, ensuring that all items and potential weather contingencies are accounted for. If they have pets, travelers must secure care for the pet or make travel arrangements. If there are children involved, especially young children, there are additional cares and concerns. Unfortunately for parents who have taken advantage of same-sex marriage laws in Massachusetts who travel to a state that doesn't recognize their marriage, there is an entirely different set of problems that may occur.