Melissa Brisman, counsel for plaintiffs, makes the following
statement today in light of the ground-breaking ruling in
favor of her clients
By Melissa B. Brisman, Melissa B. Brisman, Esq.,
December 6, 2005
In a landmark ruling, issued on December 5, 2005, the Honorable
Daniel J. Lawler of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Orphans
Court signed a Decree determining that two men are the legal
parents of two children anticipated to be born on or about
January 28, 2006, to a gestational carrier, and to be officially
recognized as the children’s only parents. Judge Lawler
ruled that the gay men, one being the biological father
of the twins, must be listed on the Birth Certificates of
each child as the sole legal parents of the children. No
mother is to be listed on the Birth Certificates. The biological
father’s sperm was used to fertilize eggs from an
anonymous egg donor, in an in vitro fertilization procedure.
The ruling is one of the first of its kind in Pennsylvania.
Melissa B. Brisman, owner of a law firm which concentrates
its practice in reproductive law, presented the case. Ms.
Brisman is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New
York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Ms. Brisman called this
landmark ruling “A victory for reproductive rights.”