Mass. court backs unmarried gay woman’s rights
BOSTON — The same court that paved the way for same-sex marriage in the United States ruled Tuesday that an unmarried gay woman whose former girlfriend gave birth to two children through artificial insemination can seek the same parental rights as their biological mother.
The Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision Tuesday.
Julie Gallagher gave birth to the children, and her former partner, Karen Partanen, has helped raise them. They are now 4 and 8. After the couple split in 2013, Partanen wanted to be declared a full legal parent.
A family court judge dismissed Partanen’s request, finding that she didn’t meet the requirements under state law because she and Gallagher were not married when the children were born, and Partanen is not a biological parent.