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Nette and Jasmine Build Their Family on Love

Story courtesy of Freedom to Marry

Nette surprised Jasmine by proposing on her birthday!

Nette surprised Jasmine by proposing on her birthday!

Nette’s birthday three years ago was a very special one—but not because she was the one being surprised. On April 4th, 2012, at 11:58 pm, Nette turned to Jasmine, love of her life and girlfriend of almost three years, and proposed.

Nette knew this was the date to completely surprise Jasmine. “Jazz always said we could never get engaged on our birthdays,” laughed Nette. “She had no clue what was coming!”

But, even though Nette broke the rules, Jasmine was delighted, and said yes. They were married just months later in New York, their closes friends surrounding them, and embarked on their lives together.

In February of 2014, the Louisiana couple realized a dream of theirs: to become foster parents. In addition to their two dogs, the couple now lives with five children, ranging from 14 years old to five months old.

Jasmine and Nette opened up their home to five foster children!

Jasmine and Nette opened up their home to five foster children!

The couple holds out hope that, soon, their love and commitment will be respected in the state they have given so much of their lives to. “Having the freedom to marry in Louisiana would fill a void,” said Nette. “Being able to check the ‘married’ box on documents, as simple as that is, would make us feel better. Marriage is between two people who love each other—and Jazz and I love each other.”

Click here to read more and see more pictures on the Freedom to Marry website.

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Zamara Perri

Zamara Perri is the founder and editor of the Black Lesbian Love Lab blog. She loves black love and loves mangoes, cats, reading, cooking and writing about some of the challenges and joys of black lesbian relationships.

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  1. Natasha Ramsey

    Congratulations on your love and family!

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