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The 3 (Or More) Parent Family – What Do You Think?

The 3 (Or More) Parent Family – What Do You Think?
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Seven years ago, my nephew Mike was approached by a lesbian couple, good friends of his, about helping them conceive a child that he might also help them raise. At first, he wasn’t sure, but he had always wanted to be a father, and this looked to be his big chance to fulfill his dream.

Fast forward seven years, and Mike, Jackie and Ann are the happy parents of two adorable blond-haired, blue-eyed daughters, Freya and Liza.

They’ve had to work out their parenting agreement, but a new California bill, SB 1476, sponsored by Sen. Mark Leno, aims to make it possible for all three, and possibly more, parents in such cases to be legally recognized, as long as it’s in the child’s best interest.

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” the San Francisco Democrat said.

Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional households and relationships.

As you might expect, the conservative response has been vociferous: This is yet more proof that the push for gay marriage is a ploy to destroy the family unit.  And as for kids getting to have more than two adults supporting and nurturing them into adulthood? We can’t have that!

Benjamin Lopez, legislative analyst for the Traditional Values Coalition, blasted Leno’s bill as a new attempt to “revamp, redefine and muddy the waters” of family structure by a leader in the drive to legalize gay marriage.

As reported in The Sacramento Bee: “It comes as no surprise that he would try to say that a child has more than two parents – that’s absurd,” said Lopez, whose group calls itself a leading voice for Bible-based values. Predictably, on his show last Monday, Rush Limbaugh riffed on the measure and came up with the classic, “What if somebody wants to marry their pet dog?”

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9:41AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

No one here is mentioning something I think is really important- the more parents that are around to love and help raise a child, the more people there are to give attention when it's needed, to give advice and lend an ear- things that are so very important growing up but can be hard to get from just one (or two) people, because face it, you feel comfortable with one person with some things and not others.
This whole bill to me is just a big bit of common sense that people have taken forever to go "Hey, I wonder..." Yes, people other than the "real" parents can have a very big influence on how children are raised. Why do you think we say things like "She's like my second mother"?

5:49AM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

never too many parents as long as they act in the child's best interest

2:15PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012


2:15PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012


6:48PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012


2:30PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

I guess so long as all three parents are on the same page with parenting, it's a good thing.

1:31PM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

We should always do what's best for the child!!

11:31AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Finally "Family 2.0" standards are coming!

As a father of three I would say that when it comes to raising at least one child two pairs of hands are never enough ;-) Though you can hire extra hands (babysitter) or send your kids to grandparents you can't hire extra hearts and brains to give children love, peace of mind and modern values.

Speaking in simple terms two parents so overworked and stressed by providing basic needs of even one child that they loose relationship, peace of mind and give up on quality time.

Not to mention that jealousy and possessive feelings experienced by two parents towards each other in a classical 1.0 family wouldn't teach children any good values.

9:47PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

As long as the kid is loved who cares

5:03PM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

I've always been of the opinion that the more people there are to love a child, the better! As is the old saying: It takes a village to raise a child.
If that old saying were good enough for my grandmother and her mother, then it's good enough for me! It hasn't changed, for heaven's sake, it's NEEDED MORE THAN EVER! No matter what cute little saying you use, it works.

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Interesting, thanks for sharing

Thank you Natalia.

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