Updated: Thursday, 02 Dec 2010, 12:45 PM EST
Published : Sunday, 08 Aug 2010, 10:44 PM EDT
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Tonya Agnew and Amy Crampton have been together for 12 years and are raising two boys, but they say a chance to legally wed would be important for their family.
That wish is closer to being granted. The couple are second in a nationwide competition that would give them a wedding in Washington D.C., where their union would be legally recognized.
"We've already been to Washington D.C., but it's just time for them to get married," said Leo Crampton, the couple's youngest son. "It's just the right way to treat people."
Both Agnew and Crampton said that they did not enter lightly into the contest, but believe it is important for their family.
"It's not easy to put yourself out there, especially when you have kids, but it's an important issue," said Crampton.
Agnew and Crampton said that the community of Greater Lafayette has been very supportive of their family. They urge anyone who does not support same-sex marriage to get to know their family.
"We come with the assumption that you're going to be okay with us because we're good people. We take care of our home. We're always running our kids places. So hopefully you'll get to know us and find we're decent people and the fact that we're a same-sex couple will become a non-issue," said Tonya Agnew.
"Growing up with them, it's a lot easier to accept everything. And I really appreciate how they've raised me, and they have made me who I am. I think that people just have to be around them to know who they really are," said Jesse Mccallister, the couple's oldest son. Mccallister is Tonya's son from a previous marriage.
Friends said that the two deserve to win because they are a strong, healthy couple who are madly in love.
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