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Florida court allows three parents named on child’s birth certificate

Friday, February 8, 2013

MIAMI — Three people — a gay man and two lesbians — are all named as parents on a 23-month-old girl’s birth certificate in South Florida.

The Miami Herald reports that Maria Italiano and Cher Filippazzo, who married in Connecticut, approached Massimiliano Gerina as a sperm donor several years ago following unsuccessful attempts to become pregnant through a professional clinic. Gerina gave the women his sperm, and Italiano conceived.

The couple had planned for Filippazzo to adopt the baby. Sperm donors have no legal rights under Florida law, but Gerina argued that the women claimed they wanted a father for the baby, not just a sperm donor.

Nearly two years of legal battling ended last month when Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Antonio Marin approved a settlement and private adoption that listed all three parents on the child’s birth certificate.

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  1. (Y) W o w! exciting news to read!

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:40am

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:41am
  3. Brilliant!

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:42am
  4. Ah, progress!

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:46am
  5. I’m from the netherlands and they’re currently considering a similar law. IN the mean time: great news!

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:46am

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 10:47am
  7. What if the guy didn’t want to be the dad? And now he has to pay child support? 0_o

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:12am
  8. “Allow” makes me laugh, as if Florida NOT allowing it would mean that child had any fewer parents, at least it is a step in the right…. er, correct direction :D

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:13am
  9. we also just had a central florida city institute a domestic partner registry that gives all the rights and freedoms of marriage? this will in fact spread to the entire county! Whats happening in Florida? there is a massive gay population first began in the early days of the hiv/aids crisis our brothers came to live out there last days and with the advent of the new meds and cocktails eliminating for many the threat of death and now is become a small gay mecca from lauderdale to orlando Jacksonville and st pete there is a population sorely misrepresented by equality yet silently making headway. It wasn’t that long ago that the Florida anti gay adoption laws were repealed! As a resident I am witnessing a silent balancing of the status quo and await that proclamation from Tallahassee that there is marriage equality being debated. Still we have Bill Posey and ardent anti gay marriage supporter who undoubtedly will lead the fight against it but like in every other state we have to make the choice on which side of history we want to stand on!

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 11:48am
  10. Sorry for being a Brazilian guy! But I am also gay and would like to join the community .. I hope to be welcome, friends!

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:18pm
  11. About time .

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:25pm
  12. PROGRESSIVE………..

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:31pm
  13. Um.. It doesn’t read as if the mothers wanted this threeway :-/
    How is that progressive?

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:37pm
  14. interesting!

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12:42pm
  15. Here’s my problem with this, and please note I say this as an avid LGBT rights activist and Bisexual woman myself: I’m not sure that having three people on a birth certificate is necessarily a good thing. In my understanding of the purpose of a birth certificate, it is there for the identification of the child throughout their lives and for the recognition of the biological parents, so that genetics and medical histories of the child in question can be understood if it should become an issue. In straight couples, you have men signing their name as the father when they are not the biological father, but ideally, you have the two people contributing to the generic makeup of this person there on the form. Now if you have three people on there, one of them definitely didn’t have a hand in the conception. While understand that it’s a recognition thing, and that third person is every bit a parent to that child is he other two, what I don’t understand is why their name has to be on the birth certificate (a document relating to biological makeup) and not on an adoption certificate or something of the like instead.

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5:43pm
  16. PS: Sorry for phone typos.

    Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 5:46pm
  17. Dylan, many a child born doesn’t have the biologic father listed on the birth certificate. Either due to shame, intentional deception or omission, ignorance, etc….

    Posted on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8:39am