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When a married woman conceives through donated sperm, her husband is automatically recognized as the child's parent. She has the baby. He signs the birth certificate. The family goes home from the hospital a little bigger than when it showed up days before.
When a married lesbian in Utah conceives through donated sperm, the pregnant wife has the baby. Her wife, however, must apply to adopt the child. No in-room birth certificate signing. No legally bigger family pushing its way out into the world.
A couple in Utah wants to change that.
With the American Civil Liberties Union representing them, Angie and Kami Roe are suing the state so that spouses of women who have given birth are recognized as the other legal parent to a newborn—whether the spouse is a woman or a man. The current state law only grants recognition to husbands, the couple argues.
The Roes welcomed their daughter Lucy in February. Lucy is the biological child of Kami and was conceived through donor sperm.