Kansas Sperm Donor Case Takes Another Dramatic Twist

Less than a week after a Kansas sperm donor was ordered to pay child support for the baby of a lesbian couple, the state notes that one of the women might have deceived the agency. The Kansas Department of Children and Families questioned the validity of the contract between lesbian couple and the sperm donor on Wednesday.

In response to the court filing by the Kansas child support agency, sperm donor William Marotta’s lawyer called the documents “offensive,” according to Fox News. Jennifer Schreiner, Angela Bauer’s partner, reportedly neglected to note that she knew the name or other pertinent details about the sperm donor in her child support application, The Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Kansas sperm donor William Marotta had this to say about the child support request during a recent interview:

“I have a hunch part of the reason this is going this way is because of people’s feelings toward same-sex couples.”

Marotta also noted that he might have reconsidered answering the Craigslist ad for a sperm donor if he had known such legal drama which might be looming in the future. Marotta also stated that he might be the victim of bias against same-sex parents.

Jennifer Schreiner and Angela Bauer broke up in 2010, but share parenting duties of their eight children. The children range in age from 3 months to 25 years. In October Marotta, a 46-year-old machinist, received a letter from the Kansas child support agency about child support. Schreiner and Bauer were reportedly ordered to reveal the name of their sperm donor.

The women were reportedly told that taxpayer funded health benefits would be terminated if the information was not forthcoming. Kansas officials reportedly want to have Marotta officially named the baby’s father, which means he would be accountable for the $6,000 in public assistance provided so far and future child support payments.

The child support agency contends that conflicting donor contracts, including one which does not have signatures or dates, might invalidate the document. The child support agency notes that sperm donors only have protection from a paternity test when the semen is provided for use by a licensed doctor.

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