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Kansas is requesting that a sperm donor pay child support, even though he signed away parental rights to the child, after the mother who adopted the child requested financial aid from the state.
Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner of Tokepa had placed an ad on Craig’s List in 2009 for a sperm donor and William Marotta had replied, agreeing to relinquish parental rights, which includes financial responsibilities. The former couple is supporting Marotta’s fight against the state’s decision.
“We’re kind of at a loss,” Bauer told The Topeka Capital-Journal. “We are going to support him in whatever action he wants to go forward with.”
According to the Kansas City Star, the couple and Marotta had agreed that he would be paid $50 per semen donation and he understood that he would have no parental rights. They later agreed that he would donate for free, according to his attorney. He had no contact with the couple, aside from occasional emails.
However, the couple came upon financial hard times this year and applied for financial assistance from the state. Since the insemination wasn’t done by a licensed physician, they had to name the donor and their contract with Marotta was void.
Baer and Schreiner are also no longer together, but still co-parent the child and the other children they adopted. Schreiner is also recognized as the child’s only parent, since Kansas doesn’t recognize same-sex unions.
“This was a wonderful opportunity with a guy with an admirable, giving character who wanted nothing more than to help us have a child,” Bauer, who can no longer work because of a diagnosis, told the Capitol-Journal. “I feel like the state of Kansas has made a mess out of the situation.”
The Huffington Post notes that Marotta wants the case dismissed. The Kansas Department of Children and Families has not commented.
Topeka Councilman Chad Manspeaker, a Democrat, has voiced support for Marotta. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been against gay marriage.
“This is exactly our problem. People move away from our state because of things like this,” Manspeaker told the Huffington Post. “Our state becomes more of what Brownback wants it to be. It is the kind of thing that young people, like myself, my wife and our friends, that boggles our minds. It is a real shame.”