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Kansas legislator has a point

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board and Ray Carter Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

William Marotta is being sued by the state of Kansas for child support. Marotta is in this predicament because he answered a Craigslist ad from a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donor.

The couple didn’t use a doctor in the insemination process, which would have freed Marotta from future liabilities. Since then, the women have gone their separate ways. One has sought public assistance for her and the child, prompting authorities to track down the biological father.

The case raises numerous thorny legal issues, but it’s hard to argue with Kansas state Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce’s view that it “tells everybody don’t do stupid things on Craigslist. It’s kind of common sense. If you’re going to create another life, even if it’s a good intention, that’s a heck of a responsibility, and it’s one that precedes any sort of state action.”

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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