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The Right to Be ParentsLGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood$
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Carlos A. Ball

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814739303

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814739303.001.0001

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The Right to Be Parents

Carlos A. Ball

NYU Press

This chapter profiles cases involving children of so-called planned lesbian and gay families. In particular, it explores the debate over the parental rights of lesbian mothers and known sperm donors. It also considers the extent to which cases involving LGBT parents have forced courts to grapple with the question of what makes a parent, the controversial question of what role biology should play in determining parenthood, and the law's willingness to recognize that the well-being of children is not necessarily dependent on their having a father. Finally, it examines whether it is sometimes in a child's best interests to have more than two parents.

Keywords:   children, parental rights, sperm donors, courts, lesbian mothers, biology, parenthood, LGBT parents

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