A lesbian couple in the UK say they feel “bitter and betrayed” because their gay sperm donor is demanding weekend and holiday contact with his biological son. The aggrieved woman says they agreed at a restaurant meeting before the boy was conceived that she and her partner would be “primary parents” in a “nuclear family” and that he would not assert his paternal rights. However, the man, a former close friend who was present at the birth and cradled the newborn in his arms, has now demanded overnight and holiday contact with his biological son. Three Appeal Court judges are being asked to rule on whether the boy should have “three parents and two homes”.
All three parents are high-income professionals who live in central London. The father was previously in a “marriage of convenience” with the mother, but they are now divorced. The lesbian couple’s lawyer told the court that his clients wanted to raise their child in “an intact, two-parent, family” because that would be the best environment. “To this particular couple,” he said, “the concept of 'three parents, two homes', repeated so often by the father, is very alien and it has never been something they would consider.” Nonetheless, they did want the father to participate in the boy’s upbringing in some way. ~ London Telegraph, Feb 8