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lets ruling stand giving lesbian parental rights to
nonbiological child

Supreme Court
lets ruling stand giving lesbian parental rights to
nonbiological child

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The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that gave parental rights to a lesbian who helped raise a child with her partner, the child's biological mom.

The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower-court ruling that gave parental rights to a lesbian who helped raise a child with her partner, the child's biological mom. The nine justices declined to hear an appeal of last fall's Washington State high-court ruling, which decided that Sue Ellen "Mian" Carvin was a "de facto" parent to the child she raised with former partner Page Britain, the Associated Press reports. The two women had lived together for five years before Britain was artificially inseminated and gave birth to a daughter in 1995. According to the AP, the girl called Carvin "Mama" and Britain "Mommy." But after Britain broke off the relationship in 2001, she prevented Carvin from seeing their daughter and later married the sperm donor. The man lives in Thailand, where Britain and the girl are now on an "extended visit," according to the AP. In a statement Carvin said she is "thrilled that the United States Supreme Court decided not to review this case and that the Washington State supreme court decision will stand." The AP reports that settlement discussions will now ensue. The highest court in the land has yet to take up a case dealing with the parental rights of gays and lesbians in such custody disputes. (The Advocate)

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