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This is sort of interesting considering the state of marriage in MA.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/08/25/gay.child.support.ap/index.html

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) -- A woman who agreed to have a child with her lesbian partner, but split up with the mother before the baby's birth, cannot be forced to pay child support, the state's highest court ruled Wednesday.

The split ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court -- which legalized gay marriage in a landmark ruling last year -- comes in the case of a Hampshire County lesbian couple, identified in court documents as "T.F." and "B.L.," who lived together from 1996 to 2000.

B.L. at first resisted T.F.'s wishes to have a child, but later changed her mind.

The couple broke up after T.F. got pregnant by artificial insemination. After the baby was born, T.F. sued her former partner for child support. A Probate and Family Court judge turned to the state Appeals Court, which in turned passed the case up to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Associate Justice Judith A. Cowin wrote that the informal agreement between the two women to have a child together did not constitute an enforceable contract, and B.L. can't be forced to pay child support.

Three justices -- including Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, who wrote the ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in Massachusetts -- disagreed with the majority conclusion, saying that the implied contract between the woman is enforceable.

"The child may have been abandoned by the defendant, but he should not be abandoned by the court," Justice John M. Greaney wrote in the dissent.
 

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Re: Women have no child-support responsility if they're lesb

Ok, now that's just wrong. I'm not a supporter of same sex marriages, but men ditch out on pregnant girlfriends/wives all the time. It's not right now that the child should suffer.
 

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Re: Women have no child-support responsility if they're lesb

Now follow this...

Court orders sperm donor to pay child support despite verbal agreement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A state appeals court ruled that a verbal agreement between a woman and her sperm donor was invalid, and ordered the man to pay child support for the woman's twins.
Granted the conditions around the "agreement" are not really that clear cut...

Sperm Doner Must Pay Child Support
 

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Re: Women have no child-support responsility if they're lesb

The Commonwealth never ceases to amaze me. They rule to make Same Sex Marriage Legal and binding without the input of the voting public. Their logic was Homosexuals, and Lesbians deserve equal rights, but then the same group of judges states that when it comes time to pay up that Homosexuals, and Lesbians are not the same as Heterosexuals. :?
 
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