Florida Judge OKs 3-Parent Birth Certificate

After lengthy paternity case
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2013 12:49 PM CST
Judge OKs Three-Parent Birth Certificate
One lucky baby now has a lot of parents.   (Shutterstock)

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. (Read more paternity stories.)

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