The bill was written in response to a situation in which the state took custody of a young girl after her two mothers were unable to care for her. The appellate court ruled that the girl’s biological father — a sperm donor who had remained involved in her life afterward — did not count as a third legal guardian under California’s existing law.
The NOM-highlighted article raises the specter of enormous numbers of parents:
It has passed the senate and could reach the assembly floor this month. California legislators should not support this bill. … And why stop at three? Senator Leno’s bill places no limit on the number of possible parents. If three’s a crowd, four or more is a mob.
Of course, this argument is downright silly. The bill would not dole out parental status at random. All parents would have to meet the state’s existing standards for legal parenthood under his bill.
Furthermore, it ignores the reality that many kids with divorced and remarried parents — gay and straight — are raised by four parents. But rather than protecting those kids with step-parents who love them, NOM and the post’s authors would rather make sure the laws only grant rights to those in families that meet their specifications.