Kansas Sperm Donor: Case Is Politically Motivated

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Topeka man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple who conceived a child says a state effort to force him to pay child support is politically motivated.

William Marotta says he has already paid attorneys thousands of dollars to fight efforts by the state to collect child support.

When he donated sperm to the couple in 2009, Marotta relinquished all parental rights, including financial responsibility to the child. After the couple filed for state assistance this year, the state demanded they provide the donor's name so it could collect child support.

The state says the agreement between Marotta and the couple is not valid because it didn't meet the requirements of a Kansas law that requires a licensed physician to perform artificial insemination.

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