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Fla. Supreme Court rules on gay parental rights

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and is ordering a lower court to work out custody, child support, and visitation arrangements.

The case involves two women, identified only by their initials, who had a child together. One donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other, who gave birth in 2004.

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But two years later the Brevard County couple split up, and the birth mother took the girl and left the country.

The birth mother tried to use a Florida law that prevents sperm or egg donors from claiming parental rights to children born to other couples. Her lawyer also cited a form donors must sign relinquishing parental rights. The court rejected both arguments, saying the law does not apply because the couple had planned to parent the child together.

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