Lesbians certified as birth parents

Lesbians certified as birth parents

By Matt Manochio

Daily Record, NJ

March 17, 2003

This week’s ruling by a Family Court judge in Sussex County allowing a lesbian couple to be listed as parents on the baby’s birth certificate is being both praised and criticized as changing the definition of a family.

State officials said it was the first time that two women who were both physically tied to an unborn child had tried to make sure they were both listed on the birth certificate. One woman is carrying the child and her partner provided the egg, and they plan to raise the child together.

The ruling Tuesday by Superior Court Judge James A. Farber, who presides in Newton, means that the unidentified women will share a financial obligation to the child as soon as it is born, and if one parent dies, the other immediately will have custody.