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Gay Throuple Who Made History Say Being A Three-Person Unit Makes Parenting Easier

Claire Reid

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Gay Throuple Who Made History Say Being A Three-Person Unit Makes Parenting Easier

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Ian Jenkins, Alan Mayfield, and Jeremy Allen Hodges, from San Diego in the US, launched and won a legal bid to get all of their name's put on their daughter Pippa's birth certificate back in 2017.

The throuple are now proud parents to Pippa, three, and Parker who is almost one.

Credit: The Morning Show
Credit: The Morning Show

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, they explained that they all wanted to have their names on the birth certificate for legal reasons - so they would all have joint responsibility for the children and be able to do things like arrange doctor's appointments.

Jeremey, who joined couple Ian and Alan eight years ago, said: "We certainly didn't do it to make a point, it was really to protect the family, especially our daughter, because if I weren't a legal parent to my daughter, and if I were killed, my pension would just disappear.

"I wouldn't be able to take her to the paediatrician, I wouldn't be a legal parent, I wouldn't have any obligations to her.

"I wanted to make it clear to her and her brother that I would forever be obligated as her parent."

The three men say they're open about things with the kids, with Alan adding: "Our children know where they come from, and that's always been part of their story.

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

"There is never going to be a reveal to them, there is never going to be a stressful conversation,..

"She knows she has three parents who love her, and she knows where she came from - one of my great childhood friends agreed to be our egg donor, and another friend in our life agreed to be our altruistic surrogate.

"When she asks where she comes from, we say, 'We took a little bit of daddy, a little bit of mama, the doctor put them together and into our surrogate and she grew you, and everyone loves you so much'.

"She knows her origin story, in my mind that would be the cleanest way to make sure there is minimal stress over that.

"Our story is that of the generosity of women."

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Claire Reid
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