Florida law may change after same-sex custody battle

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In Daytona Beach, the 5th District Court of Appeals overturned the trial judge's ruling, saying both women had parental rights. Now the case awaits consideration by the Florida Supreme Court.


In the balance is a 1993 state law regarding egg and sperm donation. The law states that donors "relinquish all maternal or paternal rights." However, this law does not seem to cover donors who intend to raise the child with the birth mother.


A Supreme Court decision on this case may also challenge a 2010 ruling by a Florida appellate court banning homosexuals from adopting.


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The Film 'Baby Mama'
Florida law may change after same-sex custody battle

click to enlarge Florida law may change after same-sex custody battle - The Film 'Baby Mama'
The Film 'Baby Mama'
Florida law may change after same-sex custody battle
  • The Film 'Baby Mama'

In 2004, a lesbian couple in Brevard County, Florida decided to have a child together. The fertilized egg from one was implanted in the other. Two years after the child's birth, the couple separated and the birthmother fled to Australia with the child.

The custody battle over the child, who is now 8, is waiting to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court. A trial judge already ruled that the woman who donated her egg technically gave up her right to the child under Florida law. However, the judge said he hoped the decision would be overturned in a higher court as the couple had obviously intended to raise the child jointly.

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