Nancy Polikoff

Reno's first baby of the year born to lesbian couple

Filed By Nancy Polikoff | January 05, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Jennifer Chamberlin, Reno, Shannon McLeod

We are everywhere. And in Reno, Nevada, at two minutes past midnight on January 1, the region's first baby of the year was born to a lesbian couple. The birth mom, Jennifer Chamberlin, works as a nurse at the hospital where the baby was born. The newspaper article about the birth features a picture of Jennifer, her partner Shannon McLeod, and their newborn, Emma Marguerite Chamberlin-McLeod. The couple also has a three-year-old son.

The newspaper coverage is simply matter of fact. I cannot distinguish this coverage from the coverage a paper would give any other first baby of the year.

I hope the couple is planning to consult Reno attorney Kimberly Surratt, who knows all things about protecting our families in Nevada.

Congratulations all around!


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Heartiest congrats to the new Moms!!! And, blessings, peace, and good health to Emma (my grandmother's first name also!)
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain