Newborn’s Birth Certificate Will List Gay Man and Lesbian Mothers as Parents
After a two-year court battle, a Florida circuit judge in Miami-Dade County approved a private adoption and will allow a gay man and a married lesbian couple to be listed on the baby girl’s birth certificate, the Miami Herald reports.
Maria Italiano and her longtime partner Cher Filippazzo were married in Connecticut and Miami family lawyer Karyn J. Begin, who represented Massimiliano Gerina, the father of the 23-month-old girl, Emma, told the newspaper that the couple was having trouble conceiving via fertility clinics. The women decided to ask Gerina, a hairstylist, about fathering a child.
"It’s nature - the same reason a woman wants to be a mother," said Gerina, who moved to South Flordia eight years ago and said he thought he could become a father. "It’s not unusual here. Where I am from it’s unusual. I grew up with the mentality that it would never happen," he said. "When I moved here, I saw gay couples, lesbian couples having families."
Gerina donated his sperm and Italiano soon became pregnant. After she gave birth, the women planned for Filippazzo to adopt the newborn and they would raise the child. About two weeks after Italiano found out she was with child the couple called Gerina and asked him to sign a contract.
"When they gave me the paper to sign that I had to give up all my rights to the baby, I didn’t," he said.
According to Florida law, sperm donors do not have any parental legal rights but Gerina says he considers himself a parent and claims the couple "wanted a father for the baby, not just the sperm."
"My papers said I would have parental rights, a visitation schedule," he said. "They hated it. They said this wasn’t what they wanted. I said, ’Now that you’re already pregnant, you should have thought about that before.’"