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The Double Mommy Trap: Two Mothers and No Rights for Junior

MRM Note: As you read this article, look beyond the shocking horror of legal decisions advancing a new “right” for adults to create families of choice to suit their needs. Consider the reality of what is happening from the perspective of the child. Yes, this action further redefines the family and further separates marriage from children, but the cause is rooted the acceptance of conceiving children with the intention of depriving them of part of their identity associated with the fundamental human right to knowing and being in relationship with their own father and extended family, unless there is a just reason. Until the root cause is addressed, it will be impossible to take back marriage and rights of children to be born into a family with their mother and father united in marriage.

By Adam J. MacLeod

Well, that didn’t take long.

In their march toward the supremacy of sexual-identity rights, proponents of new constitutional and statutory privileges for same-sex couples have already moved on to the post-marriage phase of their expedition. The conquest of civil marriage was a brief stopover. The ultimate destination is still not clearly in view, but there is now no doubt that reaching it requires courts or legislatures to weaken or abrogate legal securities for the fundamental right of children to be connected to mother and father.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that a woman who lived with a mother at the time of conception and birth has a right to be deemed the second mother though she has no biological connection to the children and was never married to the children’s mother. The claimant in the case, Karen Partanen, filed an equitable complaint asking a Massachusetts trial court to declare her a parent. The trial court dismissed Partanen’s complaint on straightforward grounds: Partanen was not married to the children’s mother, and she is not their biological parent.

But the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court sees parentage differently. The court reasoned that neither marriage nor biological parentage is necessary for legal parentage. Instead, being “jointly involved in the children’s lives” makes any two people the parents of those children.

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