PENNSYLVANIA: Court Rules That Couple Together 46 Years Can Overturn Adult Adoption And Get Married

The Associated Press reports:

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that a gay couple can have their 2012 adoption overturned so they could finally get married. A three-judge Superior Court panel on Wednesday handed down a decision saying that state law permits an adult adoption to be dissolved when no one’s opposed.

Roland Bosee Jr, 68, and Nino Esposito, 78, of Fox Chapel, have been together since 1970. Esposito, a retired teacher, says he legally adopted Bosee when same-sex marriage was still illegal in Pennsylvania to lower their inheritance tax and out of a desire ‘be a family of our own.’

The idea came to the pair while they were revising their wills in 2012. Esposito and Bosee thought that by going through with the adoption, they would become entitled to some of the same benefits allowed to straight married couples.

Esposito and Bosee explained last year that they had ‘never thought we’d see the day’ gay marriage was legal and they had come to view adoption as ‘the most legitimate thing available to us,’ reported CNN.

Last year a lower court ruled that adoptions can only be annulled in cases of fraud.

  • bkmn

    Good for them, though with the GOP in power they may be better off with the adoption.

    • David Milley

      I had that thought, too, as hubby and I are digging in for the siege — but, still, glad to see them married.

      • EweTaw

        Me too. It gives me hope.

  • Oikos

    This brings tears to my eyes. Younger gay people have no idea what many of us sacrificed to live as who we are. I hope they wake up in time.

    • Todd20036

      They’re about to find out.

      • Gustav2

        They have no idea what may happen. I love to tell the youngsters it used to be illegal for two men who were not related to share an apartment not close to the university.

        • Todd20036

          It used to be illegal to have sex.

          • Gustav2

            I’m still a virgin.

          • Todd20036

            You haven’t had sex, or you haven’t had sex with a woman?

          • Silver Badger

            You’re talking about SEX. Oh. Nevermind.

          • Silver Badger

            Me too.

          • Andymac3

            Ignorance of the meaning of the word ‘virgin’ is no excuse in the eyes of the law, and your mother.

        • Reality.Bites

          When I was 6 or 7 and on an overnight trip with my father in New York state he tried to book a single room and was told it was illegal for two men to share a bed.

          At the time I had no understanding of why there would be such a silly law.

          • Since when is a 6-7 year old a “man”?

          • Treant

            So I see you’re not Catholic…

          • nope!

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        • Robincho

          Be vewwy quiet… I’m making Amewica gwate again…

    • Gustav2

      I’ll get off your lawn now 😉

      • edrex

        not me. I’m setting up tents and opening champagne.

        • Todd20036

          Heh heh. You’re pitching a tent….

          • edrex

            heh. have we met?

        • TuuxKabin

          Just came in with 1/4 lb. bittersweet chocolate to add to that! And thanks again for the soothing words.

    • Silver Badger

      Those “get off your ass and fight” posts are so irritating. Been there and done that over and over and over. Will have to again. Over and over and over. Sigh

    • flores

      we owe men like mr Esposito and mr Bosee a lot but we dont owe you anything and we dont owe anything to most of the fools who comment on here. most ppl here care more abt their grindr hookup than abt winning marriage for us. you creeps are nothing like Esposito.

      • Silver Badger

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      • Oikos

        Fuck off troll. Welcome to blocking.

      • Colonel Panic.

        You seem to be having trouble with your vowels.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      “Younger gay people have no idea what many of us sacrificed to live as who we are.”

      You wouldn’t say that if you worked with the queer kids I work with — mostly trans — who continue to experience rejection, homelessness, physical and sexual abuse, and all the rest of the same horrible shit that previous generations faced.

      • Gerry Fisher

        Overgeneralization Alert heard and accepted.

      • Oikos

        I’m not talking about homeless or abused kids but those who are not and didn’t vote and will now pay the piper with the rest of us.

      • HB

        He specifically is talking about gay youth and you come back and talk about transgenders. It’s like you couldn’t care less about gay youth, like they are so trivial that you don’t even need to address them.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          You are cordially invited to eat shit and die.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      I think Trump has woken up younger people to how bad it was and how bad it could be.

      • Oikos

        I hope so.

  • PickyPecker
    • TuuxKabin

      Perfection!

  • bkmn

    Well, off to the big city to be poked and prodded and told I need to have another expensive test (last one they charged me $200 for and it was not done as ordered). Have fun beating the morons.

    • Treant

      Good luck! I get poked for my gastritis after the New Year. They’ll probably want an EGD.

      Since I woke up during the last one, that should be tons o’ fun. Not.

      • Bad Tom

        Waking up during a procedure is double-plus unfun.

        • Treant

          I do it a lot, don’t ask me why. The doctors say I must metabolize the sedative really fast or something. I certainly have no tolerance to it as I don’t take anything like it.

          • Bad Tom

            Be sure the anesthesiologist knows this. They might be able to do something.

    • Good luck! I do so hate going to the doctor. It just leads to more doctor visits, more tests and at least for me, no answer as to whats wrong with me.

    • Stanley

      My doctor is handsome and nice and has a gentle touch. I quite enjoy being poked and prodded and probed by him and he seems to enjoy my enjoyment. He takes his time and asks me how I’m doing and seems to spend a long time up in there. He’ll tell me that he’s done and asks if I’m done as well. I ask him for a few more minutes and he always obliges.

    • David Milley

      Hugs!

  • Todd20036

    Are they sure they are ready, though?

    • jmax

      I believe in long engagements, but this is pushing it.

    • Treant

      I know, right? At my wedding, I asked the witnesses if they thought a fourteen-year engagement was too short.

      One said, “Yes, you barely know each other yet.” She’s been married for forty years, so…

      • Steverino

        Tell me about it. Hubby and I were engaged for 33 years, one month, and ten days before we got married.

        And they said back in 1975 that it wouldn’t last.
        : )

        • TuuxKabin

          Yay! And congrats!

  • FatNance

    But they “Daddy/son” role play can continue, right?

    Congratulations to the happy and handsome husbands-to-be!

    O/T: In the case of male-male wedding, is it linguistically correct to refer to the gents as “bridegrooms” since no bride is involved? Are they just “grooms”? Or “groomgrooms”? Just wondering…

    • jmax

      Groomgrooms. I’m going with that.

    • Steverino

      They certainly spent many years grooming for their new marital status!

    • TuuxKabin

      2guysnamedjoe and I refer to ourselves as JuneGrooms’01 for the domestic partnership ceremony. The expression came off a New Yorker Magazine cover that year. Got married in ’09, kept the moniker.

      • EweTaw

        If you owned a Maserati you could be groomgrooms who go zoomzoom. Just a thought.

        • TuuxKabin

          El HubCap had a FIAT (Fix It Again Tony) when we met, zo, zo long ago. We’re car less in the Big Apple now. But there’s so zoom zoom za’ zoomin’ from time to time. Think “Pull Up To the Bumper”, Grace Jones. Wink, wink, nod, nod.

    • David Milley

      We called ourselves grooms, but at the time we were each a little hoarse …

  • Joe in PA

    So they went the adoption route…good thing they didn’t try to redefine marriage.

    /s

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Wait a minute, you kids. Let’s not be so hasty.

    • Silver Badger

      You know how it is when the little head does the thinking.

  • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

    When I think of Tom
    I think about a night
    When the earth smelled of summer
    And the sky was streaked with white…

    • Xuuths

      Thank you for the King and I reference.

    • TuuxKabin

      Damn I love that song. Thank you!

      • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

        Guapo, there you are! Are you keeping a low profile at the moment?

        • TuuxKabin

          Not for this moment to see your guaponess I surface, but for the most part, yeah. Laying low, with an occasional ^ for you and especially for the lead in of that song. Sigh. Abrazos.

        • TuuxKabin

          A little something we just received, it’s ’bout a week old.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5e3FuzTPFT0

          • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

            Thanks – I hadn’t seen that. This año de mierda has really sharpened his teeth. Trump has pretty much killed satire so I guess we’re left with pointing our fingers and laughing. Rainbow does it well.

          • TuuxKabin

            Rainbow does do it well. The blossom’s off the tree with Trae. Still appreciate him, but Rainbow and Seth Meyer, Samantha Bee too, can make me laugh at the news more than any others. And I’ll be glad when John Oliver returns. Leave it to the comedians to deliver the facts. Court jesters are important.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    But remember kids, we gays are not capable of meaningful, committed and monogamous relationships, you know, because Jeebus. /s

    Congratulations gentlemen, mazel-tov!!!

  • Brooklyn Joe

    OK – I’m gonna cry now

  • EweTaw

    Amazing. From their faces in the above photo they’ve lived and loved for so many years that they’ve grown to resemble one another. I am sooooooo jealous.

  • JCF

    ‘Bout Damn Time!