You probably wouldn’t expect a sperm donor to have to pay child support for a baby. I mean if that became common protocol, how would it even be possible for one man to pay for who knows how many babies? In fact, if that became general practice, it would stop men from donating sperm at all.
Yet, in a case in Kansas, that is precisely what happened.
William Marotta, a 43-year-old mechanic from Topeka, Kansas, was ordered to pay child support for a child he biologically fathered for a lesbian couple back in 2009. Lesbian couple Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner responded to an ad on Craigslist for a sperm donor to help make a baby.
The NY Daily News reports that an arrangement was made, in which Marotta (like most other sperm donors) relinquished all parental rights to the child and was absolved of financial responsibility.
Everything was fine until the couple broke up and Bauer came down with an illness that forced her to stop working. When she applied for state aid for her children (the couple have 8 in total), the Kansas Department for Children and Families went after the biological father, Marotta, for child support. They could not request child support from Schreiner since Kansas does not recognize same-sex marriage.
In addition, the court is “alleging that the contract Marotta entered into with the women — under which he wasn’t liable for financial responsibility for the child — is null and void because the insemination wasn’t performed by a licensed physician.”
Marotta feels the move is politically driven and in essence saying that there is no place for same sex marriage and families in Kansas. He is protesting paying any child support and fighting the case. Both Schreiner and Bauer support him says Bauer:
“This was a wonderful opportunity with a guy with an admirable, giving character who wanted nothing more than to help us have a child. I feel like the state of Kansas has made a mess out of the situation.”
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