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Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Lesbian’s Parental Rights

The Kansas Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Gazette.

The Kansas Supreme Court. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Gazette.

The Kansas Supreme Court has ruled the non-biological mother of children in a same-sex relationship can have the same parental rights as the biological mother, according to this Wisconsin Gazette article.

The National Association of Social Workers filed a brief in support of Marci Frazier, who had limited visitations with two children she parented with ex-partner Kelly Goudschaal. The two had been in a 13-year relationship and the children are now aged 8 and 10.

The court ruled Frazier’s co-parenting agreement with Goudschaal should be enforced. After the separation, Goudschaal moved the children from Kansas to Texas.

“Children don’t care about biology and sexual orientation,” said Stephanie Goodenow, a lawyer who represented NASW. “They only care about who gives love to them and cares for them.”

Social workers are committed to equal treatment of all, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. To learn more visit NASW’s Diversity and Equity website.  Also check out NASW Legal Defense Fund, which works to ensure that a social work perspective is represented in cases of interest to the profession. 

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