“If you care about children, you should care that the parents don’t have the legal tools to take the best care of them,” she said.
Ms. Polyak and her partner of 30 years, Gita Deane, were married earlier this year in the District. They have two daughters, Devi, 12, and Maya, 15, who testified before lawmakers last year in support of same-sex marriage in Maryland.
“The root of my activism is denial of equal treatment of my children,” said Ms. Polyak, citing instances where her daughters had been hurt by other people’s comments.
“One child told my daughter she was not allowed to come over to our house because we weren’t really a family,” Ms. Polyak said. “For them, it’s a constant source of sadness and hurtfulness.”
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