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Florida justices hear lesbian custody dispute

10:25 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court has heard arguments in a child custody dispute between two lesbians. But lawyers on both sides say the case is unlikely to affect other couples, gay or straight.

The justices Tuesday also raised the possibility of returning it to trial court to resolve a potential factual dispute over a consent form. It was signed by one partner, the genetic mother, who donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other. That woman gave birth in 2004.

The couple separated two years later.

A trial court granted custody to the woman who gave birth, citing a state law that says donors relinquish parental rights.

An appellate court ruled both should have parental rights because the genetic mother wasn't a donor as contemplated by the law.






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