Jul 18, 2009

Lesbian Parentage Cases Good News for Moms

The Oregon Court of Appeals issued an opinion this week in a lesbian parentage dispute that held a non-biological lesbian mom who consented to the insemination of her partner with donor sperm was a legal parent, just as a husband would be in the same situation under Oregon law. I'll leave the explanation of the ins and outs of the opinion to this excellent post by expert Nancy Polikoff. In other good news, a recent case out of the California Court of Appeals held that the legal standard for "holding out" a child as one's own child, which is one basis for a finding of parentage in California, was met by even a short period of time in which the parent and child lived together. Another great explanation of the case at Nancy Polikoff's site.