Marcie and Chantelle are both University of North Carolina Chapel Hill alums and have been together for 15 years. They met in college in Louisiana, and spent their summers in the North Carolina mountains. They always knew they wanted to make North Carolina their home, and have lived in the Triangle area for 13 years. Chantelle, 37, grew up in Louisiana and Marcie, 37, grew up in Mississippi. Marcie works as the Director of Evidence Based Practice for the American Cancer Society and Chantelle is a non-profit consultant working on issues of community development and homelessness.
Each is the biological mother of one of their children: Marcie carried their daughter Miley, who is now 4 years old, and Chantelle carried their son Elijah, who is now 7 months old. When Miley was born in 2008, everything went smoothly until Marcie was sent to recovery. The first thing a nurse said to Marcie was a gruff demand for Chantelle’s legal paperwork. Fortunately Marcie and Chantelle had brought copies of everything to the hospital, but they wonder what might have happened if they hadn’t had it all with them. “We carry copies of everything everywhere we go,” said Marcie, “We never know when some emergency might mean we end up face to face with someone who doesn’t look at us as a family.”