California bill would allow a child to have more than two parents
Ricky had Ozzie and Harriet.
Mom and Dad, same-sex couples or blended families, California law is
clear: No more than two legal parents per child.
When adults fight over parenthood, a judge must decide which two have
that right and responsibility – but that could end soon.
Calif. State Sen. Mark Leno is pushing legislation to allow a child to
have multiple parents.
“The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that
there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” the San
Francisco Democrat said.
Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are
changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional
households and relationships.
Benjamin Lopez, legislative analyst for the Traditional Values
Coalition, blasted Leno’s bill as a new attempt to “revamp, redefine
and muddy the waters” of family structure by a leader in the drive to
legalize gay marriage.
“It comes as no surprise that he would try to say that a child has
more than two parents – that’s absurd,” said Lopez, whose group calls
itself a leading voice for Bible-based values.
Under Leno’s bill, if three or more people who acted as parents could
not agree on custody, visitation and child support, a judge could
split those things up among them.