Because adoption laws required them to stay in the state until the paperwork is finalized, their first three weeks as parents were spent in an extended-stay hotel in a town where they knew no one.It was 1997, and he'd just finished a medical residency that had left him little time for a social life.With that completed and a new city before him, the child psychiatrist was on a single-minded mission: "To find somebody and get into a relationship." "I was so intense," he says. I had to calm down, dating-wise." Terrance Heath had taken an opposite tack when he arrived in Washington three years earlier. "I wanted nothing to do with relationship commitment.
After a 10-year journey filled with ups and downs, Richard Imirowicz, Terrence Heath and their two children were at the altar, making sure their commitment as a couple and a family was publicly recognized.
Richard Imirowicz landed in Washington with the intent to find a boyfriend -- pronto.
In November 2002, they were informed that they'd been selected for the adoption of boy who was already a few days old.
That evening, they sped to Pennsylvania, stopping at a Babies 'R' Us along the way, to pick up their son, Parker.
So when Heath wrote to him, setting up a June lunch date, Imirowicz had pretty much "picked out the china patterns" before they even met. It wasn't until the second date, when they held hands for the first time, that he began to think, "Okay, I like this. "I asked, 'So what's the deal with this boyfriend thing? It had finally ended for good, Imirowicz told him, and by October, the "boyfriend" title had been passed on to Heath.
"It was just incredibly easy," remembers Heath, 41. Everything just felt right and comfortable -- I can't explain it." Both had parents who rejected their sons' sexuality, so the pair kept their relationship under wraps, even when they bought a house together in August 2001.