Mass. court backs un­mar­ried gay woman’s rights

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.