Meet Chad and Lisa Johnson, a pair of Seattle neighbors who talk about getting to know the family next door, Colleen Ozolitis and her partner, Lee Ann Martinson, because their five-year-old sons went to the same pre-school. Like so many other parents, the Johnsons soon learned that they and Colleen & Lee Ann shared the same goals of building a strong family and ensuring their son was happy and thriving. A friendship evolved and changed the Johnsons’ view of the freedom to marry.
Chad: We’ve been married for six years.
Lisa: And we have two sons.
Lisa: We became friends with Colleen and Leann because our sons were in pre-school together. We had never met a family with two moms before.
Chad: They’re a regular family. They read stories, they play Legos, they watch cartoons.
Lisa: They’re really good parents and we’ve become good friends.
Lisa: Same-sex couples may seem different.
Chad: But we realize they hope to marry for similar reasons as everybody else…
Lisa: To share and build a life together.