Most everyone in the United States of America understands the concept of a blended family… A couple gets married, and each member of the couple already has child. In order to become a more cohesive family, that couple may cross adopt each other’s children. Given all the legal complexities associated with raising a child, this makes total sense to do with young children.
But apparently in the state of Texas, the basic rights of parenthood are not so simple for the LGBT community. As one couple in Fort Worth found out, they can even be denied rights when they are the BIOLOGICAL parents of the children. Here’s more from LGBTQnation about the tangled web that one judge has woven for this family…
A judge in Texas has denied a same-sex couple’s petition to adopt their month-old twin boys.
Jason Hannah, 36, and Joe Riggs, 33, are the proud fathers of twins Lucas and Ethan, who were born of the same surrogate mother. Each biologically fathered one of the twins, and the boys — who are half-brothers — share an egg donor. One child is biologically Hanna’s, the other is Riggs.’
But neither Hannah nor Riggs, who were married in Washington D.C. last year, are listed as fathers on either of their sons’ birth certificates. They have petitioned to add each of their names to their biological sons’ birth certificates and to cross-adopt, or second-parent adopt, the boys, reports KDFW-TV.
But the judge, who says she “strictly follows the law,” has denied the couple’s adoption request.
Currently, only the surrogate mother — who has no biological relationship to the boys, since embryos were transferred to her — is named on the twins’ birth certificates.
In case you didn’t catch it above, Jason and Joe are the biological fathers of their children… each man fathered a child separately, found a common donor mom, and had a surrogate mother (unrelated to the children) carry them to term. There are absolutely no disputing the facts in this either, considering that they had a fantastic profile in the Dallas Morning News before the babies were born!! Yet the court says that not only can the men not cross-adopt, but the ACTUAL fathers of each child cannot be listed on the child’s birth certificate? Is this even possible?? What would this judge say if a court ruled that he or she didn’t have custody of their biological children?
Whatever the outcome, this case has “United States Supreme Court” written all over it. Hopefully Jason and Joe decide to appeal this ridiculous ruling. Yet another example that proves the unending asininity of Texas’ same-sex marriage ban.