Friday, January 04, 2013

Sperm donor in Kansas on the hook for child support after lesbian parents split


The state of Kansas is going after William Marotta, 46, for child support, after the lesbian couple (Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer) for whom he had donated sperm, broke up, and the child needed health care from the state.  The National Public Radio story by Bill Chappell is here.

Part of the legal problem is that the couple did the insemination without the use of a licensed medical facility. 
    
A 1994 Kansas law allows a sperm donor to be responsible for the child if a licensed medical doctor is not used for the artificial insemination procedure. The law presumes a donor is a father because there could have been a relationship that produced the child after all, unless a doctor certifies otherwise.

Marotta had signed away all parental rights.  

The Topeka Capitol-Journal also has a story here.
  
Second picture:  I visited an informal Log Cabin Republicans gathering at Nellie’s in Washington DC last night.  Nobody talked about the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling but me!

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