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.”