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Sunday, August 28, 2005

Fallout From the Trio of "My Two Moms" California Cases

An earlier entry in this blog discussed the trio of cases decided by the California Supreme Court on August 22, 2005 holding that an individual could have two female parents.

For an interest account of immediate fallout from these cases, see David L. Hudson Jr., Same-Sex Parents, Same Responsibilities: California Supreme Court: Lesbian Partners Can Both Be Legal Parents, ABA J. e-Report, Aug. 26, 2005.

For example,  Courtney Joslin, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, is quoted as being pleased that these decisions, in effect, hold "that a lesbian or gay partner who agrees to bring children into the world through assisted reproduction is a full legal parent,"

On the other hand, Mathew D. Staver, president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel, opines that "the court has undermined the family. Gender does matter to children. Today’s ruling underscores the importance of amending California’s constitution to preserve marriage as one man and one woman. The people of California will not put up with such nonsense."


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