North Carolina lesbian couple’s side-by-side pregnancy photos go viral

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(WITI) — North Carolina moms Melanie and Vanessa Iris Roy received some unexpected worldwide fame after photos they shared on Instagram went viral.

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According to Huffington Post, the couple took the photos one year apart — in January 2014 when Vanessa Iris was pregnant with their son Jax and in January 2015 when Melanie was pregnant with their daughter Ero.

The photos were posted two months ago, but only recently reached viral status after appearing on several LGBT-focused sites.

The photos were shared on a Brazilian advocacy group’s Facebook page, where they reached over 150,000 likes.

“It’s crazy to see that people were referring to my family as an inspiration. We are still in complete shock,” Melanie told The Huffington Post.

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  • Opinion8d

    This is where everyone has to ‘like’ the photo or be called homophobic. So I would be curious as to how two women were able to conceive naturally??? Oh that’s right, can’t tell a woman what to do with her body. They can have the kids, unless they want to kill them…. but we traditionalists need to ‘accept’ them all. And heaven forbid, two guys who can’t have a child would be denied adoption because they ‘deserve’ a chance to be parents too…..sick world out there. Rationalize anything if you really want to. But yes, I’ll be the one needing to be re-educated. For the record – I don’t care what people do behind closed doors. I don’t have to accept it though!

    • kebdal23

      I just had to give you kudos for the Fiddler on the Roof reference. One of my favorite musicals, and your point is very valid.


    When 70-80% of incarcerated criminals had little or no father in during their childhoods, I see pictures like this and cringe. Great, two women want to get together, big deal. But to artificially have kids and raise them without a father-figure, it just seems like trouble brewing. It’s turning kids into commodities. “Well hey, we’re “married” now, let’s “have kids!” They go get a vile of goo and voila, kids!

    • Kayla

      The majority of those incarcerated people with no father figure probably came from single parent households in which their mothers had to work and couldn’t provide them with constant supervision or atleast supervision they would have received had there been 2 parents. Atleast these kids will have 2 parents and what makes you think they won’t have a father figure? Father figures can be uncles, grandfathers, etc. which I’m sure these kids will have! Just be happy there are people wanting to raise children in loving homes compared to your apparent acceptable families of mother and father who abuse, abandon their kids that we hear about on a daily basis.

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