More-than-2-parents bill goes to Brown
08/30/2012 12:00 AM
08/29/2012 11:49 PM
California children could legally have more than two parents under a bill lawmakers sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Senate Bill 1476 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, crossed its last legislative hurdle Wednesday, when the Senate approved it on a concurrence vote of 21-13.
The bill is necessary, Leno has said, because of the way society is changing from surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction. Those scenarios create new possibilities for the parent-child relationship, which could be challenged in the case of divorce. Under SB 1476, a judge could split custody, child support or visitation rights among three or more people who had acted as parents to the child.
Opponents, including the Traditional Values Coalition, criticized Leno's bill as a move by a leader in the gay-marriage movement to redefine family structure.
– Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau
Join the Discussion
The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.