Just to make sure people know California continues to lead the nation toward 21st Century societal collapse, the Sacramento Bee reports on the push by a San Francisco Democrat to amend state law presently limiting households to two parents. Senator Mark Leno, a leader in the effort to legalize gay marriage, contends his measure, which now heads to the State Assembly, would allow a judge to determine which of any number of adults could qualify as a child's parents. Present law limits a judge's choice to two adults, but that could soon end.
SB 1476 resulted from an appellate court case last year involving a child's biological mother, her same-sex partner, and a man who had an affair with the biological mother and impregnated her while she was separated temporarily from her female lover. According to the article:
Surrogate births, same-sex parenthood and assisted reproduction are changing society by creating new possibilities for nontraditional households and relationships.
Benjamin Lopez, legislative analyst for the Traditional Values Coalition, blasted Leno's bill as a new attempt to "revamp, redefine and muddy the waters" of family structure by a leader in the drive to legalize gay marriage.
"It comes as no surprise that he would try to say that a child has more than two parents - that's absurd," said Lopez, whose group calls itself a leading voice for Bible-based values.
Under Leno's bill, if three or more people who acted as parents could not agree on custody, visitation and child support, a judge could split those things up among them.
Conservatives have long argued that words have meaning and changing the definition of "marriage" from a legally recognized union of one man and one woman would lead to eventual total fragmentation of the meaning of the word "family."
"The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today," the San Francisco Democrat said.
The article elaborates:
Karen Anderson, of the California Protective Parents Association, said the legislation could result in a child being bounced among multiple adults in a bitter family breakup.
"It's hard enough for children to be split up two ways, much less multiple ways," she said.
Attorney Catherine Sakimura of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a co-sponsor of SB 1476, said judges would be required under the bill to consider a child's stability in awarding custody and visitation.
Oh, that's a relief. After all, it's for the children.