I am shamelessly imitating Always On Watch with this post, but remember, imitation is the highest form of flattery. Stealing? Why, no. What makes you say that?
Anyway, this is about a pretty iffy subject to begin with, but in this case I’m going to forbear from my usual snide remarks and just deal with the basic facts, so you can get the full nincompoopish impact of it, beyond the characters in the story, themselves. Oops, snide alert.
Two lesbians in the state of Kansas, which has no same-sex marriage, advertised in Craigs List for a sperm donor so the younger of the two lesbians could get pregnant. Seems they wanted to be Mommy and Mommy (Oh, yeah, snide, sorry) and they found a guy who they liked who was kind enough to play with it or whatever he did and however it was done, to provide them with some of his sperm.
One baby later, the actual mother got sick and applied for state assistance. The state, remember, no same-sex stuff, demanded the name of the sperm donor before they’d provide that assistance, and she gave it to them.
So now the state of Kansas is going after the donor for child support.
Yup, that’s right. How’s that for over-reach? All sperm donors have an absolute right to privacy unless they violate the law, like being infected with HIV or something else nasty and donating sperm. This guy signed away all rights and responsibilities, including financial, at the time he gave up his inner essence or whatever. Now he’s stuck fighting this in court and paying big legal bills.
Regardless of the moral merits of this particular case, donating sperm is a private affair and normally anonymous. No cohabitation or sex act takes place between the donor and the recipient, and “outing” the donor by Kansas is a clear violation of the donor’s right to privacy, it seems to me. The only mystery here is why he’s not suing the state of Kansas instead of Kansas suing him, though that’s probably contingent on his winning against Kansas over the child support issue.
Wash. D.C. is not alone in being overloaded with nincompoops. Kansas clearly has quite a few of its own.