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10-year-old Michael O'Reilly-Birtcher, left, gets help with his back from his adoptive father Thom O'Reilly, center, as his othger adoptive father Harold Birtcher and their dog Alaska look on in their home Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Because same-sex partners are barred from joint adoption in Ohio, O?Reilly and Birtcher, who have been together for 25 years, went to Oregon three years ago to jointly adopt Michael. A bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature this month would bar all gays and lesbians from adoptions and foster care.<br />

10-year-old Michael O'Reilly-Birtcher, left, gets help with his back from his adoptive father Thom O'Reilly, center, as his othger adoptive father Harold Birtcher and their dog Alaska look on in their home Thursday, Feb. 16, 2006, in Upper Arlington, Ohio. Because same-sex partners are barred from joint adoption in Ohio, O?Reilly and Birtcher, who have been together for 25 years, went to Oregon three years ago to jointly adopt Michael. A bill introduced in the Ohio Legislature this month...
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