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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:48 PM

Kansas trying to make sperm donor pay child support



TOPEKA, Kan. A sperm donor in Kansas is fighting a state effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian couple.

William Marotta, 46, of Topeka said he is "a little scared about where this is going to go, primarily for financial reasons," The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Monday.

When he donated sperm to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner in 2009, Marotta relinquished all parental rights, including financial responsibility to the child. When Bauer and Schreiner filed for state assistance this year, the state demanded the donor's name so it could collect child support for the now 3-year-old girl. Bauer and Schreiner broke up in 2010 but co-parent their eight children, who range in age from 3 months to 25 years.

"In the long run, I think this will be a good thing, but I'm the one getting squashed," Marotta said. "I can't even believe it's gone this far at this point, and there's not a damn thing I can do about it."

Though his attorneys, Benoit Swinnen and Hannah Schroller, are charging him reduced rates, Marotta said he expects the legal fees to eventually be more than he can afford. He is predominantly a mechanic but said he is currently working in a different field. He and his wife, Kimberly, have no biological children but care for foster children.

"I've already paid more than 10 percent of my yearly salary, and I don't know many folks who are willing to give up more than 10 percent of their yearly income," he said.

The state contends the agreement between Marotta and the women is not valid because Kansas law requires a licensed physician to perform artificial insemination.

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Bauer and Schreiner have said they fully support Marotta's efforts to fight the state's request. When Bauer was diagnosed in March with what she calls "a significant illness" that prevents her from working, Schreiner sought health insurance for their daughter from the state. The DCF told Schreiner if she didn't provide the sperm donor's name, it would deny any health benefits because she was withholding information.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57561553/kansas-trying-to-make-sperm-donor-pay-child-support/

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:56 PM

1. Why does anyone still live in Kansas?

 

I left in 1959 and stayed away for 50 years. Now, except for a few short, very short visits, I stay out of Kansas, even though I now live in KCMO.

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Response to RC (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:00 PM

4. I drove to Overland Park to see my sister and BIL last week..

Glad I live in Texas LOL...

And people think the fundies here are bad...

Kansas has it's own breed of stupid. At least you can drive on 69 at 85mph

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:57 PM

2. note to self....

Stay the fuck out of Kansas.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:59 PM

3. This is just over the top

but then again, it's Kansas.

Have they tried to charge men who masturbate with murder yet?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:02 PM

5. Ah, so… The state is doing this as a slap in the face of the lesbian couple

Opening up a can of worms that makes no sense at all, other than to be a bunch right wing fucks about their "one man/one woman" bullshit.

These assholes are trying to fuck over everyone in order to make a homophobic point.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:09 PM

7. Yes, I can see that. Thanks for making that point.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:42 PM

11. And Kansas kept being gay a criminal offense ... overridden by the Feds. KS is a

super fucked up place. And TPTB in KS wonder why people move out of Kansas. And, they think KS is a model for the entire US. These people are really fucked up and are clueless about it ... And their congress critters voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill. What a bunch of selfish cheap ignorant pricks.


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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:06 PM

6. Fuck Kansas. nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:57 PM

8. I grew up there...

...I only go back for weddings and funerals...thankfully haven't been any of either for a few years. That hole makes Oklahoma look like the center of art, music and literature by comparison. Have a brain? Stay the hell away...just some friendly advice from an ex-Kansasn

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:35 PM

9. Whenever Kansas makes national news one can be sure it's because of being a totally fucked up place.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 01:38 PM

10. They are doing it because they are homophobic

Period.

They are being all cute about how they don't recognize same sex couples and parental rights. This will legally also set a precedent for ALL sperm donors in Kansas having to pay child support.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 02:50 PM

12. I feel strangely offended at the Kansas bashing, though I get where you are coming from

We aren't all morons...we are just led by morons.

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