Two Tennessee lawmakers want to do away with a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination. Critics say the bill is aimed at gay couples and their children.
The bill would remove a single sentence applying to child custody when artificial insemination is involved, one that's been interpreted to make no distinction between same-sex and heterosexual couples.
But opponents warn that changing the law could prevent both same-sex parents from appearing on the children's birth certificates, affecting their ability to make parenting decisions ranging from medical care to education.
"It would affect lesbian couples in particular, because if you have two women who are married and one is the birth mother, the other one is presumed to be parent in Tennessee," said Chris Sanders, the executive director of the Tennessee Equality Project.
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