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U.S. judge approves listing three parents on birth certificates

By Mason White 1:15 PM February 10, 2013
Florida judge with the 3 parents 

By: David Ross
A U.S. birth certificate will now be able to list three parents for a single child, according to court proceedings in Florida.

A Florida judge has ruled that a 22-month-old child’s birth certificate will list three people as parents, a married lesbian couple and a gay man.

The decision ends a paternity fight of two years between the couple and a friend of the women who donated his sperm to father the child, but later sought a greater role in the life of the child.

The ruling means that the child’s birth certificate will include a biological father and both women as parents, in an unusual arrangement recently approved by a judge in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

The women, Maria Italiano, 43, and Cher Filippazzo, 38, had made several unsuccessful attempts to become parents using fertility clinics.

Then, they went to their hairdresser, Massimiliano Gerina, and asked him if he would give his sperm for artificial insemination.
“They believed he would understand their situation,” Kenneth Kaplan, a lawyer for the women, said.

“The mistake the women made, however, was that it should have been a written document explaining what his rights and responsibilities would be,” he added.

According to Filippazzo, the three reached a verbal agreement before Italiano became pregnant. Filipazzo said the deal they reached called that the women would adopt the baby and raise the child together.

However, shortly before the baby was born, Gerina decided he wanted to be considered a father and not a sperm donor. The women disagreed. Under Florida law, sperm donors have no legal rights to the children.

Gerina hired a lawyer, setting off two years of legal wrangling.
Under the judge’s decision, the two women will have sole parental rights, although Gerina may visit the child. He is not expected to provide child support.