A man who provided sperm to a lesbian couple in response to an online ad is the father of a child born to one of the women and must pay child support, a Kansas judge ruled Wednesday.
Topeka resident William Marotta had argued that he had waived his parental rights and didn’t intend to be a father. Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi rejected that claim, saying the parties didn’t involve a licensed physician in the artificial insemination process and thus Marotta didn’t qualify as a sperm donor…
Anyone think the parents being a same-sex couple had nothing to do with the judge’s decision?
The Kansas Department for Children and Families filed the case in October 2012 seeking to have Marotta declared the father of a child born to Jennifer Schreiner in 2009. The state was seeking to have Marotta declared the child’s father so he can be held responsible for about $6,000 in public assistance the state provided, as well as future child support.
Marotta opposed that action, saying he had contacted Schreiner and her partner at the time, Angela Bauer, in response to an ad they placed on Craigslist seeking a sperm donor. He said he signed a contract waiving his parental rights and responsibilities…
“We stand by that contract,” Marotta’s attorney Benoit Swinnen said. “The insinuation is offensive, and we are responding vigorously to that. We stand by our story. There was no personal relationship whatsoever between my client and the mother, or the partner of the mother, or the child…”
The state of Kansas and what passes for a welfare department have found themselves a piece of Kansas legislation to use as a copout on providing care and concern they normally would provide to families that fit their biblical definition of marriage. That’s why they’re using it. That’s why a judge provides her own expert sophistry.
Be careful driving out of state when you’re heading home. You might fall off the edge of the Earth.