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UPDATE: Attorney for donor applauds high court decision

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The lawyer for a man who donated sperm is applauding a Kansas Supreme Court decision that orders a hearing to determine if genetic testing of the donor is in the best interest of the child he allegedly fathered.

The court's recent decision follows a Shawnee County court ruling that ordered the sperm donor, William Marotta, to be tested to determine if he's the father of the now 4-year-old girl born to a lesbian couple after Marotta donated his sperm.

The state wants Marotta to be responsible for about $6,000 in public assistance the state provided, as well as future child support.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Marotta's lawyer, Ben Swinnen, says he'll work to show at the hearing that the child's happy and the state shouldn't disturb that.


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The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered Shawnee County District Court to hold a hearing to determine if genetic testing of sperm donor is in the best interest of the child the donor allegedly fathered.

The court's decision negates Shawnee County court ruling that ordered the sperm donor, William Marotta, to be tested to determine if he's the father of the now 4-year-old girl born to a lesbian couple after Marotta donated his sperm.

The state wants Marotta to be responsible for about $6,000 in public assistance the state provided, as well as future child support.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the court said in a ruling released Friday that Kansas law dictates that the best interests of a child must prevail in determining parental rights and obligations.


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