Sperm donor disappointed with ruling

The man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple says he’s disappointed with Wednesday’s ruling.

A Shawnee County District Court judge ruled that because the artificial insemination was not facilitated by a licensed physician, it was legally not a donation and William Marotta must assume partial responsibility for the child.

Marotta’s attorney argued that Kansas law does not specifically address that point.

He said he expected the ruling and plans to appeal.

Marotta says lawmakers need to make changes to prevent a case like this from happening again.

“If the State of Kansas had the ability for two women to put their name on a birth certificate, I don’t think I would be here now,” says Marotta. “If the State of Kansas allowed same sex marriages, I don’t think I would be here now.”

Marotta may now have to pay six thousand dollars back to the state adn child support going forward.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families filed the case in October 2012, seeking to have the Topeka man declared the father in 2009.


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