The top court in Massachusetts has given a lesbian woman full parental rights over two children, although she is not biologically related to the children and was never married to their mother.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that Karen Partanen should be
considered the parent of the two children, who were artificially
conceived and born to Julie Gallagher at a time when Partanen and
Gallagher were partners.
Although the two women were not legally married
and later split, the court ruled that their relationship at the time of
the children’s birth was sufficient to establish parental rights.