Judges Rule Lesbian Has Parental Rights To Ex-Wife’s Biological Child
Written by True Media Group on April 6, 2018
The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that a lesbian has the same parental rights to her son as her ex-wife, the child’s biological mother.
Christina “Chris” Strickland had appealed a lower court ruling that the anonymous sperm donor who helped her ex, Kimberly Day, conceive was 6-year-old son Zayden’s other parent. But on Thursday, the justices upheld Strickland’s custody rights, a landmark ruling that puts same-sex married couples on the same level as heterosexual ones.
The nine-judge panel stated the lower court’s ruling would set an unfair precedent for Mississippians who want to conceive children via IVF.
“For one, it would elevate the rights of a donor—who is a complete stranger to the child, and likely never will be identified—over the rights of a person who has known and cared for the child,” Justice David Ishee wrote. “To deny Christina the relationship she has built with [Zayden] would be a miscarriage of justice.”
They also argued that if Day had sole custody and died, Zayden would be come a ward of the state and could be put up for adoption.
Strickland told WREG Memphis that she’s “on Cloud Nine.”
“I knew I was my son’s mother from the start and I would be at the end, and this just confirms it with the Supreme Court backing me 100%.”
She is now hoping to gain 50/50 custody of Zayden.