(NDJ) – A man who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple 3 years ago to father a child for them has had a claim filed against him by the Kansas Department for Children and Families to pay child support.
NDJ World | Published: Dec 31 2012 North America→World News
The trouble for donor William Marotta, now 43, began when the lesbian couple split up and applied for Kansas state services.
Marotta had a signed agreement with the lesbian couple in which he relinquishes all parental rights and in turn he is being held harmless “for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private … regardless of the circumstances or said demand.”
But Kansas state argues that because the insemination wasn’t conducted by a licensed physician, the contract was null and void. That’s when the state demanded to know the donors name.
The lesbian couple, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, supported Marotta and at first refused to hand over his name to the state but claim the Department for Children and Families threatened them saying their child would lose all state services if they didn’t comply.
Bauer believes that the action taken by Kansas State may be as a stand against lesbian and gay couples fathering children.
“I think a lot of progressive movement is happening currently in the world as far as gays and lesbians go. Maybe this is Kansas’ stand against some of that,” Bauer said.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families declined to discuss the case, citing privacy laws.
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