Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Two Moms

This is what I said back in June, when a case of a same-sex partner requesting parental rights came up:

Ontario should move quickly to remove this impediment restricting same-sex [partners from being named on a child's birth registry]. It seems to me, if the mother of one child wishes their partner, male or female, to be an official parent in the eyes of the law, the law should be consistent. We should be applauding that another adult wants to take parental responsibility for a child in identically the same way as adoption.

I said that based upon the regulations for adopting a child in Ontario.

All Ontario residents are able to adopt a child without discrimination on the basis of such factors as race, religion, age, ethnic origin, mental/physical disability, gender, sexual orientation, or marital status. In intercountry adoptions, the Ministry makes every effort to ensure that adoptive applicants are informed about the laws, requirements, and eligibility criteria of the foreign jurisdiction.

So, it's with no surprise that I applaud this Ontario court decision in this similar case [CBC News, Ontario court says boy can have dad, mom — and mom]:

In the so-called "two-mother" ruling, the Ontario Court of Appeal said the biological mother of a five-year-old boy and her same-sex partner can both be legally recognized as mothers of the child. The boy's biological father is still recognized as his dad.

Again, we should be applauding that an adult wants to take on parental responsibility for this child.

The world isn't going to end - it's gotten a bit stronger.

Updated: Olaf, at The Prairie Wrangler says it nicely too.

Do I think that children benefit from a two biological, opposite sex parent household? Possibly, but it's by no means assured. I don't see any reason why there should be government standards preserving the traditional family that for all intents and purposes no longer exists, especially when a traditional family is only as good as the parents who run it. I think a child would benefit from two parents of the same sex who are loving and functional, than a traditional parentage consisting of parents who are detached and dysfunctional.

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