Tuesday, February 22, 2005

But You Still Can’t Get Married

From the Miami Herald:

INDIANAPOLIS — A lesbian who split with her partner after adopting the woman’s biological children must pay child support, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.

The woman adopted her partner’s children in 1997. A few years after their breakup, she tried to vacate the adoption. Around the same time, the children’s biological mother, who had remarried and divorced a man, filed for child support.

A three-judge panel ruled last week that the woman who adopted the children must contribute to the cost of raising them.

“Whether a parent is a man or a woman, homosexual or heterosexual, or adoptive or biological, in assuming that role, a person also assumes certain responsibilities, obligations, and duties,” the decision said. “That person may not simply choose to shed the parental mantle because it becomes inconvenient. . . .”

This would be a simple matter of child support if the couple had been allowed to get married in the first place. But by forcing gay and lesbian couples into these Rube Goldberg arrangements just to acquire the basic appearances of a normal life as a couple, the maze gets crazier. Where’s the moral value in that?