11-year-old thrilled her dad and daddy finally getting married

The family circle: It’s going to happen. Dad and Daddy are finally getting married.

And their 11-year-old daughter, Braiden, whose fourth-grade essay on same-sex marriage was included in the legal briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court last year — is getting her wish.

On Saturday, Lee and David Neubecker, who adopted Braiden and her 10-year-old brother, Michael, in 2009 after they were shuttled among five foster homes, are getting married at the Unitarian Universalist Unity Temple in Oak Park.

The Neubeckers, major advocates for gay marriage in Illinois, traveled to San Francisco in 2004 to be married, but their marriage was nullified a few months later when a court ruled their license invalid.

Now that it’s legal in Illinois, the Neubeckers are getting hitched.

“Braiden and Michael will enter the ceremony first holding hands, Lee and I are going to follow behind them, then we’re having a sing-along . . . and a Hawaiian luau . . . We want this to be fun, be full of love,” David Neubecker said.


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