In the gay dads documentary Fostering
Love we find two men who treasure their kids above everything
During the Prop 8 debate about gay
marriage most gay men and lesbians raced to protect the right not
because they had wedding bells in their immediate future, but because
it came to symbolize a life less valued, a second-class citizenship.
In Wednesday's Discovery Health
premiere presentation of Fostering Love, we meet gay dads Mark
and Jim, a California couple for whom marriage and family is at the
center of their relationship.
Producers find the couple as they're
packing up to move their family – Mark's 16-year-old biological son
Andrew, 2-year-old Dillon, whom the couple raised from birth and have
since adopted, and newborn Olivia, who is in their foster care and
who they would like to adopt – to the country.
Everyone is going to live on an alpaca
The two dads have populated their farm
with 40 animals and have lots to tend to. Jim is a stay-at-home dad,
while Mark is adjusting to working from home.
As we get to know the family, we share
in their milestones. They get married, and fight to keep Olivia.
Complications with Olivia's birth
mother could mean the end of her adoption. We find out that the dads
have already had to relinquish two other children after starting the
But even as baby Olivia's adoption
threatens heartbreak, the dads open their home to a 15-year-old boy
whose grandmother died unexpectedly. And Jim makes plans to have a
biological baby with a longtime female friend.
Fostering Love is not only about
the joys of fatherhood, it captures the joys of gay coupling
and parenting with all its entanglements.
Fostering Love premieres on
Discovery Health on Wednesday, February 18.