Few are willing to embrace the challenges of raising a child orphaned by violence or abandonment. We long for that experience. We have been together for thirteen years, but the law continues to deny us the possibility of having a child.

As a family we have already overcome challenges imposed on us by society, yet the constitution of Ecuador (Art. 68) continues to deny homosexual couples the right to adopt. While the constitution treats us as second-class citizens, we continue to wait. But we want to be parents, not grandparents.