California Leads the Way

From Holden:

California has always been years ahead of the rest of the country when it comes to environmental law. Now the same can be said for family law.

The California Supreme Court ruled yesterday that both members of a lesbian couple who plan for and raise a child born to either of them should be considered the child’s mothers even after their relationship ends.


“We perceive no reason,” the Supreme Court ruled, “why both parents of a child cannot be women.”


The decisions may also have implications for same-sex marriage in California. The question of whether the state Constitution requires the recognition of such marriages is before a state appeals court.

“If these cases are any indication,” Mr. Staver said, “it makes it look like they’re tending toward recognition of gay marriage.”