Thursday, January 03, 2013

Only in Kansas

You know the old saying about no good deed goes unpunished?

A mechanic in Kansas saw an ad for a sperm donor which offered $50 for viable sperm. The ad had been placed by a lesbian couple looking to have a child.

Being a good guy, and after consulting with his wife, he donated the sperm for free. The designated mom became pregnant and the happy couple had a bouncing baby something or other (I don’t know the sex of the baby but it doesn’t matter).

Unfortunately the couple split a few years later but they still shared support for the child. Then the non-biological parent fell ill and could no longer afford to provide support.

The biological mother then applied to the state of Kansas for financial aid. Now Kansas doesn’t recognize same sex marriage and has a perfectly reasonable law on the books which requires it to attempt to recoup child support money from anyone who may be obligated to provide it.

So the state of Kansas decided to go after the sperm donor despite a contract he had signed with the biological mother relinquishing all parental rights in exchange for protection from claims of child support.

Of course that was protection from the mother and not from the state of Kansas.

The guy’s lawyer has filed for a dismissal of the case but even if that happens, and it’s not at all clear that it will, he’s already got thousands in legal fees.

This is one of those “you’ve got to be kidding me” deals. Why do I suspect that if it had been a heterosexual couple receiving the sperm donation no one in Kansas would even consider doing such a thing?

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