If the country is sliding towards greater acceptance for gays and lesbians, Florida is the guy with his fingers dug into the nail, holding on to the bigotry. When I look for progress for the LGBTQ community I usually have to go out of state but here's a heartwarming story set right here in Florida. What happens when 3 people decide to have a baby, achieve pregnancy, and then have different ideas about what this all means? Something like this.
A Miami-Dade circuit judge has approved a private adoption allowing three people — a gay man and a married lesbian couple — to be listed on the birth certificate of their 23-month-old daughter.So the moms get full custody, but dad gets visitation rights! Nothing better than spending time with a child you can return to it's parents! All mutually agreed upon and a happy ending for all involved, until you get to the comments section!
“We’re creating entirely new concepts of families. If you have two women seeking to be listed as Parent One and Parent Two, that does not exclude listing a man as father,” said Miami family lawyer Karyn J. Begin, who represented dad Massimiliano “Massimo” Gerina in a two-year paternity case involving lesbian friends who had his baby.
Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo, who married in Connecticut, asked that their attorney, Kenneth Kaplan, speak on their behalf.
"There are three parties involved. I agree that makes the case unique," Kaplan said Thursday.
"People have to understand, the case is really a second-parent adoption, meaning that there are not three equal parents. There are three involved but there are two people who have sole parental responsibility," Kaplan said. "Under Florida law, they make all the decisions for the child. This is an adoption by two women, with him receiving certain rights."
One kind soul writes:
Sick! It's child abuse that the poor girl wont have a normal family to grow up in.
This judge should be impeached for aiding the abuse of this child. He is also violating the law by forging a birth certificate and forcing a child into an unlawful situation. These people might get their moment of fame but it will soon be undone and the cild [sic] rescued from this abusive situation.
But this lady really lays it on the line:
I was born into and grew up in a "normal" family. My highly respected father never bothered to hide his affairs, beat up on my mother and older sister, molested me, and turned me over to his friends for sex. My sister killed herself. Tell me, then, how exactly is this child's situation sick?
Anyway this whole story reminds me of the days when I had two Cuban husbands and a Nicaraguan wife. "Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and dance forever and a day!"
Hat tip to Steve Rothaus' Gay South Florida