By Jim Grawe
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
10:18 PM CST, January 4, 2013
It's pizza night for these two moms and their 12-year-old son. Angie Goble and Jamie Gordon's two other kids are visiting their dad just a week after Angie finally popped the question, and Jamie said yes.
"But, we are in Kansas," Angie chuckles.
Their upcoming marriage will carry no legal weight. But they say if it did, paternity controversies such as the one involving a lesbian couple in Topeka and their sperm donor would be less likely.
"Marriage would actually help with that, legalwise, because of all the hoopla you have to go through if you're not married," Angie says.
This couple keeps no secret about the nature of their relationship. They say theirs is really just another typical family in a quiet Hutchinson neighborhood.
"We are all human," Angie says. "It doesn't matter who we're with. We live the same lives."
In their case, Jamie had been in relationships with men. She had two children and was pregnant with her third when she began her relationship with Angie.
Jamie says the Topeka couple's do-it-yourself artificial insemination was a mistake.
"You have to pay the price for cutting corners," Jamie says.
But she and Angie say they understand that couple's desire to want kids.
"Most people want a family, whether you're gay or straight," Angie says. "Straight is harder.
They say if all Kansas families were treated the same, a lot of paternity and guardianship issues would go away. They say the real winners would be the kids.
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