Sunday, February 20, 2005

Same-Sex Parenthood - Child Support

From the AP, an Indiana court rules that a woman must pay child support for the biological children of her former same-sex partner.

The woman adopted her partner's children in 1997. A few years after their breakup, she tried to vacate the adoption. Around the same time, the children's biological mother, who had remarried and divorced a man, filed for child support.

A three-judge panel ruled Wednesday that the woman who adopted the children must contribute to the cost of raising them.

"Whether a parent is a man or a woman, homosexual or heterosexual, or adoptive or biological, in assuming that role, a person also assumes certain responsibilities, obligations, and duties," Judge John G. Baker wrote in a 22-page ruling.

Does this set a legal precdent legitimizing same-sex parenthood? Might another court be forced to consider this case when ruling on the legitimacy of a same-sex relationship, whether it is called a "marriage" or not?