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The plantiffs in foster care lawsuit

The plantiffs in foster care lawsuit

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The plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit challenging a state policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from becoming foster parents:

Greg Stewart and Stillman Stewart, Lincoln

Greg and Stillman have been in a committed relationship for more than 30 years and were married in 2008 in California. They are both in their 50s and have five children, all of whom they adopted out of foster care in California, where they used to live. Greg is a minister at First-Plymouth Congregational Church.

Some of the children came into the Stewarts' home with severe medical, cognitive and behavioral issues. Some of them are grown now, and the couple feels they can open their hearts, family and home to additional children. They are particularly interested in caring for hard-to-place kids.

Lisa Blakey and Janet Rodriguez, Lincoln

Lisa and Janet began their relationship eight years ago and have “a passionate desire” to be foster parents. They are eager to take care of older children, such as middle school- and high school-aged kids, because they know they often are harder to place. They are willing and have sufficient space to foster sibling groups, which cannot always be placed together.

Todd Vesely and Joel Busch, Lincoln

Todd and Joel began their committed relationship nine years ago. They regularly babysit for their nieces and nephews, who range in age from infants to teenagers, as well as for their friends’ children. They bought their home with extra bedrooms with the plan to foster and adopt children. They would welcome sibling groups because they think it's important for brothers and sisters to be able to stay together.

Todd is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and volunteers at the American Red Cross and would be a full-time stay-at-home parent. Joel manages a large retail chain store.

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