US Supreme Court rejects unmarried lesbian’s appeal for parental rights

Joseph McCormick January 11, 2016
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The US Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a woman who says Florida’s same-sex marriage ban deprived her as parental rights.

The woman, Peggy Willis, claimed that the now defunct Florida ban on same-sex marriage stopped her from having the same rights as opposite-sex parents.

A lower court in Florida had ruled that Willis had no parental right to the child conceived by a previous female partner.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the lower ruling stands.

Willis had been in a relationship with Anne Marie Mobley for 11-years, but the couple never married.

After they got together they decided to raise a child.

Using donor sperm bought over the internet, Mobley gave birth to their child, but a year later the pair split up.

Despite the lower court having thrown out the case, Willis claims that her constitutional rights have been violated.

In her case she noted the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalising same-sex marriage across all 50 US states.

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