ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Sadie Lankford and her partner Rachel Roach are raising three girls in St. Louis.
The girls are Sadie’s biological children.
“I never really told them this is Rachel and she is my girlfriend,” Sadie said. “We just kind of all fit together.”
Sadie said before set met Rachel she was raising the children alone.
“They never really have seen me with a man,” Sadie said. “Rachel is all they know.”
Janelle Lankford, 11, is the oldest child.
“I don’t think it is anyone’s business if I have two moms,” Janelle said.
Janelle recently switched schools after she says kids, who knew she was being raised by same sex parents, called her a lesbian.
“No one really should be saying those things,” She said.
Sadie and Rachel told FOX 2 the only thing a “missing” from their family unit is a wedding ceremony.
However, same sex couples are not allowed to legally marry in Missouri.
“The girls fight over who would be a flower girl and hold the rings, but in reality we don’t have a wedding in our near future,” Sadie said.
FOX 2 spoke with Father Peter Ryan about homosexuality.
He said the church has specific thoughts on the issue that are guided by its belief in marriage.
He said it is “not wrong experience same sex attraction,” but added that the church teaches that it is wrong to engage in homosexual acts.
He also said that the church teaches followers about what it calls the “one-flesh union.”
Father Ryan describes it as a union that is only “physically possible” between a man and a woman.
“Sex acts cannot have the proper meaning if authentic one-flesh union is not possible,” Father Ryan said.
He also said that it is something only a married couple should share.
The Catholic Church is opposed to same sex marriage.
However, Sadie and Rachel said that they think they should be allowed to marry.
The Catholic Church is not alone in its beliefs regarding homosexuality.
Many other religions and groups have similar views on the subject.
“It is not weird to us,” Rachel said. “It is normal.”
Their 8-year-old, Gracelynn, agreed.
“You just have two moms,” she said. “I don’t see what the big deal is anyway.”
There are at least 80 same sex couples raising children in St. Louis, according to the LGBT Center of St. Louis.
“We don’t teach our children to be homosexual,” Sadie said. “We just want them to be happy.”