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A month after the adoption became finalized Bette and Tina heard from the board. The investigation into Roberta Collier’s conduct resulted in several other couples collaborating the bad behavior. Surprisingly Roberta showed preference for gay father’s adoptions but exhibited significant bias against lesbian mothers. The outcome was the board taking disciplinary action and recommending that her license be revoked which meant she could no longer work as a social worker in any jurisdiction.
With that out of the way the couple focused on getting their lives back together. Once fully moved into the West Hollywood home, Tina gave up the lease on the beach house. Bette and Tina exchanged engagement rings over a romantic weekend and set the date for the wedding.
Melvin had proven he was a changed man in the months since he moved to Los Angeles, but nothing he’d said or done other than how enamored he was of Angelica was as touching as his reaction to Bette and Tina’s wedding announcement.
“This makes me so happy Baby. I always regretted that I never walked either of my beautiful daughters down the aisle in matrimony. It’s what a father looks forward to, and now I hope you will give me a chance to fulfill that role.”
“Of course, Daddy. I had hoped that you’d want to, but I had my doubts.”
“No doubts Elizabeth. I meant every word I said. I’m here for you and Christina and Angelica. That bigoted old man is gone. And as the father of the bride, I hope you will allow me to pay for the wedding and gift you the honeymoon trip of your choice. I will spare no expense to fulfill every dream that you and Christina have for this wondrous occasion.”
“Daddy, that’s really not necessary. Just having you accept Tina as my wife, attending our wedding and walking me down the aisle is all I’ve ever wanted.”
“Let me do this Baby. Please. Your mother would have wanted this for you.”
“OK Daddy. Tina and I will discuss it and let you know what we decide. I’m sorry Mom isn’t here. I miss her so much sometimes, especially now that we have Angie.”
“I know honey. Me too but I’m sure she’s watching over all of us.”