According to a story in the Sunday Gazette-Mail earlier this year, Michael and Fenton underwent a double-blind anonymous donor process to conceive their son. Fenton said at the time that the paperwork -- to give her power of attorney for Michael during her hospitalization and to make her Drew's legal guardian -- was almost as expensive as having Drew in the first place.
The couple said they had not planned to bring their son to Tuesday's news conference, but he told them he wanted to say something on their behalf.
"It is not fair that my two mommies cannot get married," Drew said as his mother held him up to the microphone.
According to the 2010 Census, there are nearly 3,000 same-sex couples living in West Virginia. More than 500 of those couples are raising children.
Casey Willits, executive director of Fairness West Virginia, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization, said the organization, which has been fighting primarily to address housing and employment discrimination laws in West Virginia, was firmly behind the lawsuit.
"We may not know from the courts whether same-sex couples can marry in West Virginia for two or more years, but when the word finally comes down, we must ensure that all those couples are protected at work and at home," Willits said.
Murdock, 32, and Glavaris, 31, of Huntington, have dated for more than two years and were born and raised in West Virginia. When Murdock proposed to Glavaris, he said marriage was the only word that described what they meant to one another - and their home state was the only place they wanted to be married.
"I'm tired of the soft discrimination we're met with every day because we can't use the same terminology other couples can," Murdock said. "People say, 'why don't you just go out of state and get married?' We don't want to do that. Will was raised in Logan County. I was raised in Wayne County. We've been in West Virginia our whole lives. We love this state.
"We work hard to make this state a good and a better place to live for ourselves, our family and for our friends, and it would hurt to go out of state just to come home and not have our relationship recognized for what it is."
According to Littrell, a West Virginia native, Lambda Legal has filed dozens of other suits on behalf of same sex couples, including in Illinois, New Jersey and Virginia, and said she believes the West Virginia lawsuit has a good chance of being successful. Lambda was successful in helping to overturn the same-sex marriage ban in Iowa in 2009, and have had other successes in similar suits.
"I think that West Virginians, regardless of their religious views, have a deep and ingrained sense of fairness, so that when they are exposed to the fact there is a fundamental unfairness in the state, they will want to rectify that," said Jack Tinney of the Charleston-based Tinney Law Firm.
Adkins said she and McGee, both West Virginians, have discussed getting married for a long time, and both want their union to take place in the Mountain State - ideally, in the backyard of Adkins' parents, where she promised her mother they would marry.
"She told me when I was a little girl, 'Oh, Sarah, please let me make your wedding dress when you get married,'" Adkins said. "She might have to slightly modify the dress thing, but this is home. This will always be home."
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