Wow - the Ultra-Red Hoosier State Gets it Right for Once
With Gay Adoptions Come Responsibilities Court Rulesby The Associated Press
Posted: February 20, 2005 12:01 am. ET
A lesbian who split with her partner after adopting the woman's biological children must pay child support, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled. The ruling came less than 90 days after the court granted child-visitation rights in another case to a Bloomington, Ind., woman who had broken up with her domestic partner.
"Whether a parent is a man or a woman, homosexual or heterosexual, or adoptive or biological, in assuming that role, a person also assumes certain responsibilities, obligations and duties," Judge John Baker wrote in the 22-page ruling.
"That person may not simply choose to shed the parental mantle because it becomes inconvenient, seems ill-advised in retrospect, or becomes burdensome because of a deterioration in the relationship with the children's other parent." The decision was part of a growing -- and sometimes contradictory -- body of family law involving homosexual relationships.
Ellen Andersen, a political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis who follows such issues, said yesterday she believed the Court of Appeals got it right.
In the appeal from Tippecanoe Circuit Court, a woman who had adopted another woman's children in 1997 during a lesbian relationship sought to vacate the adoption when she split with the children's biological mother. At the same time, the children's mother obtained a child-support order. The children's biological father had waived his parental rights during the 1997 adoption.
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