So this is a court decision from today.
I agree with the ruling, I however disagree with the immediate situation.
MIAMI - A Florida judge has approved the adoption of a 22-month-old baby girl that will list three people as parents on her birth certificate -- a
married lesbian couple and a gay man.
The decision ends a two-year paternity fight between the couple and a friend of the women who donated his sperm to father the child but later sought a
larger role in the girl's life.
The ruling means the child's birth certificate will include a biological father and both women as parents in an unusual arrangement approved recently
by a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge.
The women, Maria Italiano, 43, and Cher Filippazzo, 38, had made several unsuccessful attempts to become parents using fertility clinics.
They then turned to Italiano's hair dresser, Massimiliano Gerina, and asked if he would provide his sperm for artificial insemination.
This man should have had documents made up at the time that allowed him this option. These cases of artificial insemination are profoundly complex
and require a lot of hard work and know how.
I would ask before I continue that nobody make this about gays and lesbians adopting or having children, being wrong. This is not a gay rights debate
or a conversation that attempts to legitimize any political actions or moral implications associated with sexuality.
Be it negative or positive.
I want to specifically discuss the idea of having more than 2 parents as legal guardians. Personally I've always been of the mind that it takes a
village to raise a child. In today's world of TV parenting and actual parents both working 40 hours a week to keep bills afloat, it's no wonder that
these situations are potentially on the rise.
A team of adults getting together to raise a child, providing financial, and other means of support, to me is far better than having a single parent
household or even a two person household where both work full time jobs.
I am not discrediting single parents, or double parent situations at all, I'm simply stating that the more responsible adults the child is exposed
to, than the odds of raising a healthy and productive child are far better.
IMO of course. ( I don't claim to have any scientific knowledge to back that up, just personal opinion from personal experience and historical,
So what do you think ATS? Is it a good idea to move again to the idea that more than 2 people should be responsible for raising a child? That the
decline of having parents on hand all the time ( meaning not having the need for both parents to work full time) is the primary reason for our decline
in our youth's ability to develop healthy relationships and be successful in academics and business?
There are certainly legal ramifications such as child support payments and potential spousal support issues that could arise from such agreements. To
me they would be no different than your classic 2 person scenario, with the added complexity of a third set of rights.
edit on 2/8/2013 by tothetenthpower because: (no reason given)