Tag Archives: Lesbian Mothers

Idaho High Court: Unmarried Lesbian Partner Has No Custody Right

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has denied custody and visitation rights to a gay woman who raised a child with her former partner, reflecting state laws that have not been updated since gay marriage was legalized in 2014.

Grandparents, great-grandparents and even first cousins in Idaho can seek custody, guardianship or visitation rights to children in certain circumstances, but an unmarried same-sex partner cannot.

In the ruling Wednesday, the court decided unanimously that because the former partner is the one who was artificially inseminated and carried the baby and because the two women were not married, the woman identified only as Jane Doe has no parental rights to the 7-year-old child.

Continue reading at: Idaho High Court: Unmarried Gay Partner Has No Custody Right | Idaho News | US News (Source)

Mississippi: A Court Ruled That an Anonymous Sperm Donor Has Parental Rights, but This Lesbian Mom Doesn’t

“The court carved out an exception to the rule that a child born to a married couple is the legal child of both spouses, ruling that children born as a result of assisted reproduction are the children of the mother and the anonymous sperm donor,” said Beth Littrell, Lambda Legal Counsel. “The lower court’s decision is demeaning and destabilizing, marking Chris and her children as unworthy of the usual protections married families rely on when adult relationships fail.”

“That the court considers an unknowable donor who provided sperm to a fertility clinic more of a parent than the person who takes care of the child when he is sick or helps him with his homework is a slap in the face to thousands of Mississippi families,” Littrell added.

Continue reading at: A Court Ruled That an Anonymous Sperm Donor Has Parental Rights, but This Lesbian Mom Doesn’t. Lambda Legal Is Appealing. | Lambda Legal (Source)

Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day. There are few holidays that raise more emotions for women than this one. For lesbians those emotions may be even more fraught than they are for other women. There is a long homophobic history for lesbians of being abandoned by or ostracized from their families of origin. Many lesbians have also been denied custody of their children from previous heterosexual relationships. Others have been denied access to the right to have children by sperm banks and fertility clinics or by homophobic adoption laws. And even among lesbian mothers, there have been fights over children between birth mothers and their lesbian partners/spouses that have ended in ugly legal battles where the non-birth mother loses access to her own children.

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Knox County judge grants lesbian rights of ‘husband’ in Tennessee’s first same-sex divorce

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In the first ruling of its kind in the state, a Knox County judge has granted a woman the legal rights of a husband. The ruling comes despite a new law designed to prevent just such a result.

Continue reading at: Knox County judge grants woman rights of ‘husband’ in Tennessee’s first same-sex divorce (Source)

Four lesbian couples fight Tennessee law that could remove their parental rights

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Four expecting lesbian couples have taken a stand against a new Tennessee law requiring all state legal codes to be interpreted with ‘natural and ordinary’ meanings.Much of the state’s law gives rights to husbands and wives or the father and mother of a child, so Tennessee could deny same-sex couples their parental rights by interpreting these terms ‘naturally and ordinarily’.

Continue reading at: Four lesbian couples fight Tennessee law that could remove their parental rights (Source)

Illinois: Lesbian couple’s son denied enrollment in Catholic school

Kate and Ann Bloomfield planned to send their sons to Catholic school and raise them in the Catholic Church — until about a month ago, that is, when they were told they could not enroll their oldest son in school because they’re lesbians. That’s the response the Bloomfields received when they inquired about preschool at the Cathedral of St. Peter School in Rockford.

Continue reading at: Lesbian couple’s son denied enrollment in Rockford Catholic school – News – Rockford Register Star – Rockford, IL (Source)

Arizona Supreme Court considers rights of lesbian parents

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether the same-sex spouse of a gay woman who has given birth is entitled to the same parental presumptions and rights as if she were a man.In a brief order, the justices said they want to review claims that state laws governing who is legally presumed to be the parent of a child apply only when that other person is male, arguments rejected by the state Court of Appeals.

Continue reading at: Supreme Court considers gay-rights case | News | paysonroundup.com (Source)

Italy: Court rules lesbian can visit the twins she helped to raise

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A court in Palermo has given a lesbian visitation rights to the children of her estranged partner, the biological mother of the eight-year-old twins.

Continue reading at: Court rules lesbian can visit the twins she helped to raise | World | The Times & The Sunday Times (Source)

The best decision I’ve ever made? Coming out at 65

From the time I was a teenager, I was attracted to women, but it was difficult back then to even think about my sexuality. I was born 71 years ago, when the social and cultural repression around homosexuality was at its peak in the US. As a young adult I had several intense friendships – crushes really – on women, including one that was loving, sensual and addictive. However, the idea that it could ever be sexual didn’t occur to me. My sister remembers me saying, a few years later, that I found relationships with my women friends difficult – the feelings were just that strong. Because I didn’t know what to do with them, there was a lot of internal conflict.

Continue reading at: The best decision I’ve ever made? Coming out at 65 | Opinion | The Guardian (Source)

This Lesbian Mom Shares An Amazing Story About Her Journey To Creating Her Family

Fulfilling her heart’s desire to create a family was a personal odyssey for Natasha King, 46, of Saskatchewan, Canada. 

Continue reading at: This Lesbian Mom Shares An Amazing Story About Her Journey To Creating Her Family | The Huffington Post (Source)

Lesbian asylum seeker says ex-husband will kill her if Britain deports her to Nigeria

A Nigerian woman held at Britain’s most infamous immigration detention center has pleaded with the authorities not to send her back to her home country, where her ex-husband is allegedly waiting to kill her.

Continue reading at: Lesbian asylum seeker says ex-husband will kill her if Britain deports her to Nigeria — RT UK (Source)

Lesbian mom’s sexual orientation wrongly considered in child custody case, Washington State Supreme Court says

The Washington State Supreme Court said Thursday that a Pierce County Superior Court Judge relied too heavily on biased recommendations of a guardian ad litem in a child-custody case that involved a lesbian mother and conservative Christian father.

Continue reading at: Pierce Coiunty lesbian mom’s sexual orientation wrongly considered in child custody case, Washington State Supreme Court says | The News Tribune (Source)

Huang Hui-chen wins award for directorial debut “Small Talk”

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Source: Huang Hui-chen wins award for directorial debut “Small Talk” , AsiaOne Showbiz News

Filmmaker Huang Hui-chen felt bound by labels while growing up in Taiwan – impoverished, a school dropout and daughter of a lesbian Taoist priestess who she yearned to understand. Her award-winning directorial debut “Small Talk” is the culmination of two decades of filming their fraught relationship and was named best documentary last month at the Berlin International Film Festival, winning the LGBT-focused Teddy Award. – See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/showbiz/daughter-lesbian-taoist-priestess-award-winning-director#sthash.XocW9x5j.dpuf