Posted Aug. 24, 2005 – A California court granted same-sex couples full parental rights Monday, ruling that each individual would remain financially responsible for the child if the couple split.
Justice Joyce Kennard said that parenthood “brings with it the benefits as well as the responsibilities.”
The debate reached the state’s Supreme Court after two cases in which lesbians, seeking to maintain contact and rights to children born to their lovers, sued for parental rights.
In one case, a woman, whose eggs were inseminated into her lover, was denied parental rights.
“The court is now protecting the children of same sex parents in gay families in the same way children are protected with heterosexual couples in heterosexual families,” Jill Hersh, the lawyer who represented egg-donating mother, told The Associated Press.
Should gay and lesbian parents have to pay child support once their relationship has ended?