“As a mother, I am here to protect, provide for, and nurture my children – that’s always my priority.” That’s how Angie Alexander summed up her feelings on her family, which includes her wife Cynthia and their two daughters, one five years old the other just four months. Cynthia and Angie have been together over 11 years, and they’re proud to call Indianapolis, Indiana home.
Recently, when they were looking for a pediatrician to care for their girls, Angie and Cynthia were afraid that someone might not want to take care of their children because two moms were raising them.
“As a mother, I am here to protect, provide for, and nurture my children – that’s always my priority.”
“The health of our children is our first concern – imagine if we were turned away because of the makeup of our family? If this bill passes, that’s what could happen,” Angie said.
“We were able to find a doctor that accepted our beautiful family for who we are, but I fear for other parents who might go through the same thing,” she said.
Angie and her family live in Indiana, where there are currently no statewide protections against discrimination for LGBT people. Although she and her family live in Indianapolis, which has municipal protections, Angie worries that as she and her family travel throughout the state and the country, their family could be turned away simply because of their sexual orientation.
In fact, in neighboring Michigan, this nightmare scenario came true for a same-sex couple whose pediatrician refused to continue caring for their child because she had two moms.
“As Americans, I feel like this denies us the freedom we all deserve,” Angie said.
The idea that she might not be able to provide for her children caused Angie to take action. In 2014, she got involved with Freedom Indiana, the group leading the effort to protect everyone in Indiana from discrimination.
That’s how we’ll win non-discrimination protections across all 50 states: Real American families standing up for freedom for everyone. By sharing our stories we can point out the real harm discrimination causes.
No parent should have to worry if their children will be safe because of who their parents are. We’re grateful for families like Angie and Cynthia for sharing their story and standing up for what they believe in.