Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Herald Sun - " Homosexual mum and dad go to court" by Craig Binnie

A LESBIAN mother is battling to stop the gay father of her child from having his homosexual lover declared one of the child's parents.

The Family Court heard this week the mother had been in a relationship with another woman for about 10 years when she asked a gay friend to impregnate her.

The court heard that even though the child's mother and father lived apart they agreed they would both have a role in the child's upbringing.

The mother, however, is fighting attempts by the father to have the court recognise his gay lover as the child's second father.

The court heard allegations that the child's father was involved in sadomachistic sex and bondage, had an interest in child porn and possessed a magazine containing an article about a father who had sex with his son.

The man denies the claims, which were made by one of his former lovers.

The mother's lawyer told the court the boy would automatically spend time with his father's lover when he had access to the child and that there was no need to have him formally noted as a co-parent.

She said the father's lover was acting out a political agenda by trying to have authorities officially recognise him.

The court was told the father wanted the child to have two fathers and two mothers.

The court was told the only difference to an normal separated couple with new partners would be that the fathers were a couple and the mothers were a couple.

A lawyer appointed by the court to act on behalf of the child told the court the father and his lover had a stable relationship.

He said the child was progressing and developing well and there was no evidence of abuse having taken place.

Whether the father's lover will succeed in being named as a co-parent will be decided at a trial in November.

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