Saturday, October 5, 2013

California leads the way...

California leads the way... in the creative definition of the notion of a “family”.  Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown signed California Senate Bill 274, which allows any number of people to be listed as the parents of a child.  Apparently this bill was motivated by an actual case: appellate court case involving a biological mother, her same-sex partner and a man who had an affair with the mother while she was temporarily separated from her female lover. In the 2011 case, the California Court of Appeal held that courts could not recognize more than two parents even if doing so would protect the child from harm.
Twenty-first century relationships are complicated.  I fully expect California to be the first state to legalize polygamous marriages, in which case this law will have broader applicability.  Then there's the folks in Berkeley who believe they should be able to marry animals.  In such a marriage, the list of parents for any children might get a little odd: mommy, daddy, mommy #2, goat #1, horse #1, goat #2, etc.

It's really hard to keep up with this stuff...

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