Skip to comments.California bill would redefine family, allow children to have more than 2 parents
Posted on 07/11/2012 7:44:34 AM PDT by thesaleboat
Talk about modern family. In a move that's stirring opposition from conservative groups, California lawmakers are considering whether to change the legal definition of family by allowing a child to technically have more than two parents. The proposal, by Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, would allow for children to benefit from multiple sources of child support, advocates argue, and would legally recognize those families that do not represent traditional parent structure. Proponents say the measure does not change the definition of who qualifies as a parent under current California law -- it only amends the two-parent limit. The proposal states that "a child may have a parent and child relationship with more than 2 parents," and requires the court to grant "custody and visitation among the parents on the best interest of the child." But the legislation is being fiercely criticized by conservative and family-values groups who claim it would have detrimental effects on children -- psychologically and legally -- and should be struck from consideration. "It represents an attack on the fundamental nature of parenthood, which is every child has two parents -- one mother and one father," Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, told FoxNews.com. "It's a Trojan horse for the same sex-marriage movement," he said, adding that the measure would ultimately put more power into the hands of judges to "decide how children should be parented."
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Hillary was right! it takes a village!(and the Village People,too)
The Swedish Bikini Team are going to be my parents.
Polygamy is next followed by the normalizing of pedophilia.
First I’ve heard of this, and I don’t know what arrangements it’s intended to recognize, but the reality is that I know many children that have more than two parents. Divorce and remarriage are common, so step-parents are as well.
Myself when I was young, I had a step-father who actually helped raise me, and a biological father who did not. The law was required to make a choice between them, and we contemplated a legal adoption by my step-father. If this proposal offers another solution it is worth considering.
The bill's proponents stress that additional parents added by a court must still meet the definition of a parent under current law.
Supporters of the measure say it stems from a 2011 appellate court decision involving a young girl and her two mothers. When one of the women was sent to prison and the other hospitalized, the girl's biological father was unable to act as her legal guardian under current California law, which only recognizes two legal parents per child.
"Right now, under California law, a judge is being forced to rule in a way that he knows will hurt the child in front of him by denying the child a relationship with a real parent that would otherwise meet the stringent test for being a parent," said Ed Howard, of the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law.
"This has nothing at all to do with the broader culture wars," Howard told FoxNews.com. "It has to do with recognizing on the ground who should make the call as to whether or not the evidence and the facts show that it's in the best interest of the child."
Uh-oh. That means that we will be cousins.
...so all the kids in the country illegally will be able to send home for all their “parents”?
What a great way to get more liberal Democrat voters. :)
Soory but they cannot redefine Latin words which have been around 2500 years.
p.610 “parent (par’ent), n. [OF., fr. L. parens, entis, fr. parere to bring forth]
1. One who begets or brings forth offspring; a father or a mother”
p.327. “foster parent, a woman or man who has performed the duties of a parent to the child of another”
step-parent - by remarriage
So by definition, 3 parents is a contradiction in
ergo, a lie.
California has 3 Cities filing bankruptcy and over a reported 11% unemployment and this is what they are worried about.
Wouldn’t this also affect the ability of the child to later qualify for student loans since the income of all parents would be listed?
California's going to be like Detroit - they'll show the nation WHY and HOW liberal ideas don't work. We owe Detroit for that - and in the future we'll owe Californian for the same.
PS Built those meglev trains California, keep liberal elites in charge - all icing on the cake...
(and by the way, I'm glad you ended up with a good step father in your life)
If this bill is passed the state and the feds are going to have to hire a whole bunch more folks to handle the child support determinations and enforcement that will follow.
Their cities are going bankrupt like domimos falling.
They just voted for a high speed train to nowhere.
They show the economic stupidity of an Obamadork.
And they are voting on this?
Let’s just declare CA a bombing zone and let the AF and Navy do their thing.
It’s cheaper in the long run.
And we can still recover the land afterwards.
Can’t these f’ing idiots concentrate on pot holes?
While they are at it, they should pass a law defining solvency as having no money to pay bills, but hoping that you will have the money someday.
I wonder if Sen. Mark Leno would want the below person to be a parent. Who knows, maybe he is a parent to some of these children he molested.
With a one year old.
Two parent families are a rare thing with mom, dad, step mom and step dad a more common scenario.