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On Election Day, Theresa & Mercedes Recall the Significance of Marriage Equality

Where Are They Now?” is a blog series where we catch up with past Lambda Legal plaintiffs. For November, we are highlighting Theresa Volpe & Mercedes Santos, who we represented in Darby v. Orr, a 2012 case that advocated for marriage equality for same-sex couples in Illinois. 
The couple, who then had been together for over 20 years, had two beautiful children, Ava (8) and Jaidon (4). One day, Jaidon was rushed to the hospital for kidney failure, and Theresa, the birth mother, was denied entrance into his room because an administrator told her the child’s “real mom” was already with him. After Jaidon left the hospital, the couple decided that it was time to fight for marriage equality in their state. They didn’t want this mistreatment to happen to another same-sex couple.