When Frank Hunsaker and Thomas McDermott heard of a ballot initiative in their state to give adopted children the right to learn the identity of their birth parents, they knew there would be an emotional fight, and, for personal reasons, each wanted a piece of it.

Their common response was perhaps understandable. They are both Oregon lawyers and both Vietnam vets. (One was a downed aviator; the other rescued downed aviators.) More to the point, they’re both adoptive dads. But after each had talked the issue over with their wives and kids and decided to enlist in the looming struggle, the two families wound up on opposite sides of the battle.