Friday, June 26, 2009

Charisma R. v. Kristina S. (Cal. Ct. App. - June 26, 2009)

Even lesbian parents sometimes bag out on the relationship shortly after a kid is born. Making it even tougher than usual to figure out who the parents -- and what their respective rights -- really are.

Interesting lineup of counsel as well. One member of the couple (the nonbiological parent) is represented by Squire Squre & Dempsey, presumably pro bono. The other member -- the biological parent -- is represented by an attorney with The Liberty Counsel (from Lynchberg, Virginia, so you already know where this is going), which declares itself committed to "preserving the culture one case at a time by advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family." Not an organization to which you'd think a lesbian parent would normally turn. (Though according to the plaintiff she's now an ex-lesbian.)

P.S. - Various panels take a different approach to initials; some use both initials, others use a first name and an initial for the last name. I note in this regard that with a first name like "Charisma", in the Google world, it takes only about 10 seconds to discover the actual last names of these parties. Or even to take a gander at Facebook or, if you're bold, hear what one of them has to say on Twitter, no less.