We are a family
Jackson’s well being? A simple trip to the grocery store as a gay dad would prove to be a test.
“When you have a kid and you go to the grocery—you’re out. Every single checker in the world would say, ‘How sweet that you let mom have the day off and you’re doing the grocery shopping,’” he recalls a store clerk commenting.
“You can never hide that [sexual orientation] because your child will see that you’re embarrassed by your lifestyle. It forced me to say, ‘Oh actually he has two dads and his other dad is at home right now.’ The shocked look
It’s clear that in a spiritual sense, Jackson chose Manford and Roach as much as they chose him. He assures his parents that he’s not ashamed that he has two dads and would never hide it. The pair has no plans to expand their family now that they’re older and have settled into the groove of their current family dynamic. But there is one last order of business to complete. They’d like the state of Texas to reissue Jackson’s birth certificate with both their names as his parents—currently Manford’s name is the only name listed.
As for Manford’s parents, specifically his mother, she continues to uphold the belief that mother knows best.
“I knew that letter was false. It was something about that that didn’t ring true,” she’d later tell her son. “And here you are telling us that you are going to have a grandchild for us!” Indeed.