Law Would Allow Children More than Two Parents

A law currently in the state Legislature would lift the limit on two parents per child.

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    Look who's coming to dinner: Mom and Dad, meet Mom number 2. And Dad number 3.

    A law proposed by San Francisco Democratic state Sen. Mark Leno would allow children in California to have more than two "official" parents, according to the Sacramento Bee.

    Leno, an openly gay man who has worked on LGBT equality issues, says the bill, SB 1476, is an effort to recognize non-traditional families, including same-sex parents but also surrogate births and remarrying biological parents, the newspaper reported.

    "The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today," Leno told the newspaper.

    Bible-based political leaders blasted the bill. Benjamin Lopez, a legislative analyst for the Traditional Values Coalition, said the bill will "muddy the waters" of family structure, the newspaper reported.

    At issue are the "legal rights" which some people who may act as functioning parents do not currently enjoy under the law, the newspaper reported.

    The bill would eliminate the limit in California law of two legal parents per child. Under the bill, which passed the Senate, a parent could be a stepfather who shares parental duties with the biological father and mother, a same-sex couple with a surrogate parent who then decides to help raise the child, or other situations.

    SB 1476 would allow a judge deciding custody issues the best discretion as to how to split up a family for the best interests of the child, the newspaper reported.