California senator proposes multiple-parent families

http://twitter.com/#!/ElissaRoberson/status/219972390665465856

Currently sitting atop Twitter’s trending topics is the hashtag #ToMyFutureKids, buoyed largely by promises of a traditional two-parent household.

https://twitter.com/TheRealHannnah/status/219842686293786624

https://twitter.com/BryanCraft/status/219923096826679296

Even the less traditional arrangements, though, tend to be centered around two loving parents.

#ToMyFutureKids you'll have two hot fathers that'll love you for who you are no matter what #loveyou

— Jayme Reichart (@JeSuisJaymeee) July 2, 2012

A California bill proposes to expand that outlook further, allowing a child to have multiple parents. State Senator Mark Leno is proposing legislation eliminating the limit of two parents per child. “The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” said Leno, citing surrogate births and same-sex adoptions.

The Children’s Advocacy Institute gives three examples of multi-parent families.

Example of 3-parent relationship affected by SB 1476 (1 of 3) • Family in which man dated woman while pregnant, then raised that child.

— Child Advocacy Inst. (@CAIChildLaw) July 2, 2012

Example of 3-parent relationship affected by SB 1476 (2 of 3): Same-sex couple has friend help conceive, then decide all 3 will raise child.

— Child Advocacy Inst. (@CAIChildLaw) July 2, 2012

Example of 3-parent relationship affected by SB 1476 (3 of 3): Divorced woman & secnd husband are legal parents, but bio dad remains close.

— Child Advocacy Inst. (@CAIChildLaw) July 2, 2012

Is this just another case of California being California?

CALIFORNIA INSANITY!!!! California bill would let children have more than two parents | McClatchy: http://t.co/EgyL8TxI

— Trevor Holtzworth (@Mr_Holtzworth) July 3, 2012

California is driving the bus to moral and ethical ruin–SB 1476 Get out while you can, and don't look back!

— Andrew Perry (@BullSwede) July 3, 2012

Some see the legislation as an outgrowth of gay marriage.

Who didn't see this coming? When you change meanings of words. Should children have more than two parents | McClatchy: http://t.co/hXUuUfAL

— mindwarpfx (@mindwarpfx) July 2, 2012

Gay Marriage is The Gateway Drug: RT @LaurieBailey: WTH? >>California Considers Bill to Legalize More Than Two Parents http://t.co/7oQB5iZO

— FloridaJayhawk (@HouseCracka) July 3, 2012

The Association of Certified Family Law Specialists notes that the legislation could have wide-ranging legal effects, including tax deductions, public assistance, school notifications and Social Security rights.

Some have found humor in the idea.

CA congress signs law allowing children to have more than two parents – the bill also permits kids to – at maximum – three creepy uncles.

— Boyd's Daily Jokes (@annoyedboyd) July 3, 2012

https://twitter.com/Cameron_Gray/status/219948068345348096

Others would like California’s legislature to focus its attention elsewhere, such as the state’s nearly $16 million budget deficit.

Shheesh! CA needs 2 focus on debt 1st!! RT @KCBSNews: California Children Could Have More Than Two Parents Under Bill http://t.co/Y1ndt02t

— Judie Najarian (@BoomerLivenLife) July 3, 2012

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