A chosen family is made up of romantic partners, biological family, stepfamily, friends, co-workers, and relationships-that-don’t-fit-neatly-into-categories. We come together not because we’re stuck with each other, but because we want to. We’ve made commitments to each other: some relationships are formal, with legally defined obligations, others are simply understandings developed over years; some involve equal contributions, and some involve someone doing more caregiving.

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