COLLEGE PARK, Md. — It took Doug and Chris Maulden-Locke eight months to get through pre-adoption background checks and an extensive home study and just 10 days to find a baby to adopt. But the same-sex couple wasn’t sure what would happen when they went before a Montgomery County, Md., judge in February.
“We were in suits, (our future daughter Mya) was in a dress, the birth mother was there, and the judge said, ‘I reviewed the paperwork and I see no other choice but to approve this adoption,’” said Doug Maulden-Locke, 38. “It was the happiest words we heard all year.”