Florida Judge OKs 3-Parent Birth Certificate

After lengthy paternity case

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 7, 2013 12:49 PM CST

(Newser) – These days, it isn't that weird for a baby to have two mothers—but how about two mothers and a father? One 23-month-old girl now legally has just such a family, after a Miami-Dade judge approved a settlement in which her biological mother, her mother's wife (the two married in Connecticut), and the man whose sperm made it all possible will all sign her birth certificate as parents, the Miami Herald reports. "We're creating entirely new concepts of families," says the dad's lawyer.

Of course, the story isn't as happy as it may sound. The settlement follows a two-year paternity battle. Gay stylist Massimiliano Gerina agreed to provide sperm for his lesbian friends, Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo in a handshake agreement. But whereas they saw him as merely a donor, he saw himself as a father for the child. Under the final ruling, biological mother Italiano has "sole parental responsibility," but Gerina can visit twice a week with the mothers' permission.

One lucky baby now has a lot of parents.
One lucky baby now has a lot of parents.   (Shutterstock)
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All of the parties involved in this could have funded this little girl’s college tuition, and paid their attorneys instead. - Karyn J. Begin, the family lawyer representing Massimiliano “Massimo” Gerina

It’s nature — the same reason a woman wants to be a mother. - Massimiliano “Massimo” Gerina, on why he so badly wanted to be a father to the girl

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