Vil USAs Høyesterett stoppe lesbiske pars mulighet til stebarnsadopsjon?

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Lesbian couples who used sperm donors to have children are fighting the state of Indiana to have both partners be recognized as ‘parents’ on birth certificates.

I staten Indiana kjemper åtte lesbiske par for retten til å bruke begge kvinnene som foreldre på barnets fødselsattest. Nå kan USAs Høyesterett gi Indiana muligheten til å bringe saken inn for dem, det skriver Lifesutenews.

November 28, 2020 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Eight lesbian couples who used sperm donors to have children are fighting the state of Indiana to have both partners be recognized as “parents” on birth certificates. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court might be positioning itself to hear the Indiana concerning these couples.

According to SCOTUSblog, the pending petition Box v. Henderson asks, “Whether a state, consistent with the 14th Amendment due process and equal protection clauses, may adopt a biology-based birth-certificate system that includes a rebuttable presumption that a birth mother’s husband — but not wife — is the child’s biological parent.”

Når heterofile par får barn med hjelp av sæddonor, blir kvinnens mann automatisk forelder, men staten Indiana er motvillig til å bruke den samme måten å tenke på når det gjelder lesbiske par.

Typically, when heterosexual couples give birth, even by sperm donor, the husband is presumed to be the parent, together with the birth mother. However, the state of Indiana is reluctant to apply that reasoning to lesbian couples who use sperm donors.

Slate magazine explains the homosexual lobby’s argument: “When a married same-sex couple does the same thing, however, the state refuses to list the birth mother’s wife as the child’s parent. In both instances, the second parent has no biological connection to the child; Indiana’s decision to extend parental rights to the nonbiological husbands of birth mothers, but not the wives of birth mothers, is sheer discrimination.”

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the eight lesbian couples, stating they must be given the same legal recognition as heterosexual couples based on a precedent set by a previous court case, Pavan v. Smith, which decided it was unconstitutional to not allow the name of both same-sex “parents” to be listed on a child’s birth certificate.

“Indiana lists a husband as a biological parent (when a child is born during marriage) even if he did not provide sperm, and must treat a wife as a parent even if she did not provide an egg.”

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