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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