A legal expert believes a Florida judge's ruling that a child's
birth certificate can list three parents is unconstitutional and
In mid-2010, two lesbians called on another homosexual to be the
sperm donor in an in vitro fertilization process. The end result
was a baby girl, who is now 23 months old. Circuit Court Judge
Antonio Marin has approved a request to list all three adults as
the parents on the birth certificate.
Mat Staver of Orlando-based Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow the ruling is
"outrageous" because the Sunshine State has a constitutional
amendment declaring marriage to be between one man and one
"And anything that approximates marriage is also not
permitted either, or that imitates marriage," Staver explains. "And
certainly, granting three parents rights to the same child is
absolutely unbelievable. This is a polygamous relationship. This is
polygamy that has occurred in Florida."
Under Florida law, a sperm donor for artificial insemination has
no paternity rights -- but after almost going to court over the
issue, the three "parents" settled their dispute privately with the
man having visitation rights as the "father."
The Liberty Counsel founder says that is another reason the
order does not make sense to him.
"The judge is obligated to search the law to make sure it's in
compliance with the law -- and certainly this is not in compliance
with the laws of the state of Florida," he tells OneNewsNow. "This
is outrageous. It is judicial activism ... and the problem now is,
how can this ultimately be reversed."
Staver says "this is begging to be challenged," and he believes
a local district attorney or the state attorney general needs to
find a way to do so.
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