Same-sex custody battle could alter law
TALLAHASSEE | A custody battle between two lesbians could redefine the notion of who is a mother and perhaps force Florida lawmakers to reconsider a 19-year-old state law.
One partner donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other partner, who gave birth. The Brevard County couple separated two years later.
Their fight over the now 8-yearold girl is before the Florida Supreme Court. A trial judge ruled for the birth mother and said the egg donor has no parental rights. An appellate court sided with the biological mother and said both have rights. The state Supreme Court is considering whether to hear the case.
At issue is a state law meant to regulate sperm and egg donation and constitutional questions about gay people’s right to raise children. trekking across nearly a thousand miles of Alaska wilderness on sleds, all trying to be the first musher to reach the old gold rush town of Nome.
The grandsons of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race’s co-founder Joe Redington were the first and last mushers on the trail.
Ray Redington Jr., 36, picked the first spot during the musher’s draw, hoping that his 11th Iditarod will improve on last year’s seventh-place finish. This year’s competition is “tough, very tough,” he said, with the racing teams becoming more professional. “They’re getting better. So am I,” he said Sunday.
His younger brother, 29-year-old Ryan Redington, is competing in his eighth race but had to wait to get on the trail after picking the last spot.
There are six former champions in the race, including last year’s winner, 49-year-old John Baker of Kotzebue. college in Massachusetts is disputing claims by a former student who said the school refused her request for a new dorm room after she complained that her roommate was having sex just feet away from her as she tried to sleep.
Lindsay Blankmeyer said in a lawsuit that she suffered from depression and attention deficit disorder before she enrolled at Stonehill College, but was driven into a suicidal depression after school officials wouldn’t give her reasonable housing alternatives. Ms. Blankmeyer said her roommate also had online sex in front of her.
Stonehill said Ms. Blankmeyer never told staff that her concerns involved her roommate’s sexual activity. The college said it tried to resolve the dispute through mediation and offered Ms. Blankmeyer “multiple options” for housing, including a private dorm room. convicted killer who gained notoriety for having a murder scene tattooed on his chest received unemployment benefits while he was in jail.
Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said Saturday that Anthony Garcia, nicknamed “Chopper,” received more than $30,000 in fraudulent unemployment aid while in Los Angeles County jail from 2008 to 2010.
Capt. Parker said Garcia’s father and two girlfriends would get the checks before cashing them and depositing the money in the inmate accounts of Garcia and fellow gang members.
Garcia’s father 47-year-old Juan Garcia, and girlfriends 45-year-old Sandra Jaimez and 25-year-old Cynthia Limas, were arrested Thursday on charges including grand theft.
Capt. Parker said authorities have not decided whether to charge Garcia.
He was convicted of the 2004 killing of a gang rival in Pico Rivera. The evidence against him included a tattoo on his chest of the crime scene.