CNN, along with numerous other sources, is reporting that William Marotta has been ordered by a Kansas judge to pay child support after supplying a sperm donation to a lesbian couple seeking to have a child. Marotta signed away parental rights, and the women were happy to be able to have a child to call their own.
Apparently after they split, one of the women somehow became disabled or otherwise unable to work, and applied for aid from the state. As part of the state's research, they learned that Marotta was the biological father of the child and in turn demand he cough up support money.
Marotta told the media that all he did was donate genetic material, nothing more. He has only met the child, now 4, once. That meeting was merely in passing as they happened to be in the same place at the same time.
Letter vs. Intent of the Law
I'm pretty sure this judge got it wrong. Admittedly, I don't know the Kansas laws being used. But I do know that part of the job of a judge is to interpret the law, especially as to how it may apply to unprecedented cases. There's no part of me that can believe the law regarding physician involvement in insemination was ever supposed to be interpreted like this.
I think the intent of the participants was clear...the lesbian couple wanted a sperm donor so that they could have a child all their own. William Marotta only wanted to be a nice guy and help a couple have a baby because they were unable to do so on their own.
I also think the intent of the law, as I've heard it discussed in the media, was clear. Physician involvement was required for the purposes of genetic testing, sexually transmitted disease testing, and to provide evidence that the donor was in fact a donor and not a lover.
Between the documentation signed by all parties and the testimony they provided, I'm more than positive that such evidence was provided. So why were the courts so strict on their interpretation of the law?
Is This Whole Thing About Gay Rights?
That's right, boys and girls, boys and boys, girls and girls. There's a lot of people saying that this whole thing is happening to prove a point
Yep, this whole crazy insane ruling might boil down to the fact that this judge, and who knows who else in Kansas, wanted to be clear that anything beneficial to the gay community will not be allowed in their state. To hell with personal privacy. To hell with the validity of contracts signed by people of sound mind and body. If a gay person may benefit, throw it all in the trash.
I'm not as quick as many to write this off as some anti-gay statement. I acknowledge it's a possibility, but it seems a stretch to make it as an absolute determination at this time.
I don't hesitate, though, to say that the courts got it wrong. All this guy wanted to do was help. All these women wanted was a child to say was their own. To pervert their intentions into some financial liability for Mr. Marotta is sickening.
Marotta is quoted as saying, "I'm not her parent." No, you're not, sir. And it's horrible of the court to suggest so.
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