DENVER - A Colorado gay couple says civil unions made it possible for them both to be listed as their son's mothers on his birth certificate from the beginning.
Last year, Wendy and Michelle Alfredsen decided to have a child using a sperm donor, with Michelle carrying the baby.
"We went in this together. We planned this together. We wanted him together," said Michelle Alfredsen.
Now, because of civil unions, they will officially be mothers together -- from the start.
"For a lot of people, a second-parent adoption is not even an option because it's very pricey. It's a lot of time and a lot of resources," said Wendy Alfredsen, breaking into tears. "Knowing that our family is recognized just like the family across from us -- there are no words."