Tuesday, 26 February 2013 00:55

Kansas Supreme Court Ruled On Parental Rights For Second Parents

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Parental rights for same-sex couples had a significant advance in Kansas where the Supreme Court gave this right to a non-biological mother.


Marci Frazier and Kelly Goudshaal have had two children whom they raised together but, following their divorce in 2008, Frazier found herself without parental rights to her children not being the biological mother. 


The Court however ruled that Frazier has to be recognized as the second mother of the children and also granted to her the joint custody. 


"The Kansas Supreme Court recognized that children with same-sex parents have the same need for stability and protection as children in any other family," Cathy Sakimura, Family Law Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, said in a statement. "We are grateful to the court for this thoughtful decision protecting the best interests of children in all families."