Should sperm donor pay child support? Kansas thinks so.

  • Article by: William Saletan , Slate
  • Updated: January 8, 2013 - 8:10 PM

This case is what makes the resistance to same-sex marriage, in Kansas and many other states, so exasperating.

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jrspacemanJan. 8, 13 9:06 PM

What the opinion forgot to mention was that all he contributed was sperm. Like every other sperm donor who put something in a little bottle, that was the closest he got to having sex with the mother. Why should he be treated any differently than those who contributed to married women, or even single women who used a doctor to do the same thing?

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guessagainJan. 9, 13 5:43 AM

What's the matter with Kansas? Everything, as far as I can tell!

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sailing64Jan. 9, 13 6:47 AM

First of all, we need to understand why the doctor "refused to sign a document saying they were fit to raise a child." Secondly, the initial reports indicated that these women couldn't afford to hire a lawyer to go about this in a legal way to avoid these consequences. The legal process is in place for a reason. At this point, their story isn't adding up and I wonder if the doctor was on to something.

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bigbadbeanJan. 9, 13 7:49 AM

Should have followed the law and he would not be in this predicament. But, even then, to make him pay is punitive.

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elmore1Jan. 9, 13 7:50 AM

This shows how inconsistent interpretation of law is across the country. Tough break for the guy who was trying to do a good deed....

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bigbadbeanJan. 9, 13 7:51 AM

"Why should he be treated any differently than those who contributed to married women, or even single women who used a doctor to do the same thing?"

It has nothing to do with the couples sexual orientation. Nice job diverting for the fact that they did not follow the laws in place that would have protected them. Had this happened with a married or single person he would have had to pay the same.

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jgmanciniJan. 9, 13 8:28 AM

"First of all, we need to understand why the doctor "refused to sign a document saying they were fit to raise a child." Secondly, the initial reports indicated that these women couldn't afford to hire a lawyer to go about this in a legal way to avoid these consequences. The legal process is in place for a reason. At this point, their story isn't adding up and I wonder if the doctor was on to something."--------It seemed pretty clear from this article and from the other story I read about it that the doctor wouldn't sign because they weren't married. And they couldn't get married because they were gay. They did hire a lawyer, and they have held up their end of the bargain. They aren't asking the guy for money. The state of Kansas is. It's the state that refuses to recognize the contract. The only story that isn't adding up is Kansas's.

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beebee82Jan. 9, 13 8:44 AM

For those claiming this couple and sperm donor should have "followed the laws" — did it ever occur to you that if the laws treated this couple equally to their heterosexual counterparts, that it would be much easier to "follow them?" The laws in Kansas do not recognize this couple — so essentially you're saying they should have forgone parenthood and everything would have worked out just peachy. Awesome.

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bigbadbeanJan. 9, 13 9:25 AM

"It seemed pretty clear from this article and from the other story I read about it that the doctor wouldn't sign because they weren't married"

That is your opinion and even if it were true are you suggesting their is only one doctor in the state?

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patasticJan. 9, 13 9:53 AM

Just more evidence that, contrary to what euphorians want to believe, government doesn't always act in the best interest of the individual.

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