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Gay Couple Raises Doll as Son

Gay Couple Raises Doll as Son


For 20 years, a gay couple from New York has cared for their son Digby without having to worry he'll grow out of his clothes or one day venture out into the world on his own.

Mark Kirby and A.J. Sapolnick bought Digby, a doll they found in a Paris flea market, 20 years ago, and the three have been inseparable since. Kirby and Sapolnick take their son everywhere, from Central Park to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

"Our intention was to create a family," Kirby said to The Daily. "And Digby was going to be part of our family."

Though the couple acknowledge their family is unconventional, they don't treat him like a doll -- they don't even like the word.

"He's never been in a suitcase, Sapolnick says. "Because it wasn't out intention to have a toy."

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