CA Governor Signs Bill Allowing Children To Have More Than Two Legal Parents
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow children to have more than two legal parents. Will it work to ensure that children of same-sex couples are protected?
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday that will allow children in California to have more than two legal parents, a measure opposed by some conservative groups as an attack on the traditional family.
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent.
The law will allow the courts to recognize three or more legal parents so that custody and financial responsibility can be shared by all those involved in raising a child, Leno said.
"Courts need the ability to recognize these changes so children are supported by the adults that play a central role in loving and caring for them," Leno said. "It is critical that judges have the ability to recognize the roles of all parents so that no child has to endure separation from one of the adults he or she has always known as a parent."
Gov. Brown actually vetoed a similar bill last year and his representatives have not offered an explanation as to what changed his mind.
Critics of the legislation warn that it could complicate custody questions and decision-making for the child. Brad Dacus, the president of Pacific Justice Institute and who is described as an advocate for "traditional families" says: "This is in the long run going to be a mistake. The ones who are going to pay the price are not the activists, but it's going to be children, who will see greater conflict and indecision over matters involving their well-being."
What do you think, Instincters, are the benefits of this legislation worth the risk of potential conflict?