ABC News reported yesterday, that a homosexual male by the name of Massimilano Gerina - a hair stylist in Florida - sued a lesbian couple (clients of his), who had promised him that upon the birth of their child (with him as their sperm donor) he would be considered the father of the child and have visitation rights.
The trio, however, only reached a verbal agreement and did not take any legal measures to avoid possible, future complications.
As a result, after the baby was conceived (with Massimilano's semen), the lesbian couple, apparently, had a change of heart.
They approached their gay friend and asked him to sign documentation which would designate him only as a sperm donor, leaving him with no parental or visitation rights.
"I was shocked. I did not see that coming and I felt a little betrayed," he said.
Massimmilano, as ABC News reports, was not very happy about this development, so he hired a lawyer to sue the couple.
Needless to say, the legal battle lasted two years, during which time the gay male was not allowed to see the child.. Finally, a deal was reached between the parties, which Judge Antonio Marin signed off on. The deal allows Massimilano weekly visitation rights with the daughter, at either the mother's home or a location that both parties agree to. The deal reached also ensured that the name of all three adults appears on the child's birth certificate.
Although the lesbian couple's comments or views are not included in the report, the agreement appears to indicate that all parties involved are satisfied with the result.
Gerino, the sperm donor, added:
"I am the father and I have visitation, but legally speaking they [Italiano and Filippazzo] are the parents, but that does not exclude me from Emma's activities or major decisions."
"Major decisions"? This sounds like more legal complications up ahead.
Albert's "Einstein Insight for the Day":
"Ten years ago, everybody was younger."