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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The forever family Finally home:
A white gay couple wanting a family. Five children of color needing a home. A San Francisco church seeking a minister. Done.
SFgate.com/Elizabeth Fernandez, Chronicle Staff Writer

There was never a particular number, never much of a plan.

Then a boy who'd been abandoned by his parents entered their home and their hearts.

A second child arrived, snuggled in a cradle. Then a third boy desperate for a home. Finally a fourth turned up, little brother in tow.

And the men who yearned to be parents became dads. And the children who needed a family found one.

Now the family -- two white gay dads and five children of color -- is living in San Francisco.

Dogged by years of racial bigotry and sexual discrimination, Gregory Stewart and Stillman White, partners for 26 years, moved to the city this summer, bringing with them their adopted brood of five boys, ranging from 6 to 13 years old.

Theirs is a singular mission: to be a family.

Stewart, 48, is the new senior minister of the San Francisco Unitarian Universalist church on Franklin Street, the first openly gay minister of the predominately straight flock. A search committee for the 156-year-old congregation spent a year looking to fill the position, considering more than 30 ministers who applied before unanimously recommending Stewart, who was elected by a landslide by his new 500-member church.

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