Calif. bill would allow for multiple legal parents

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California Governor Jerry Brown (AP photo)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly has approved a bill that would allow judges to declare that a child has more than two legal parents.

Under the legislation from Democratic Sen. Mark Leno of San Francisco, a judge could legally recognize additional parents if failure to recognize the relationships would be detrimental to the child.

Leno’s bill was prompted by a 2011 court case involving a California girl whose legal parent could not care for her and whose biological father was deemed not a parent.

The measure is co-sponsored by Children’s Advocacy Institute and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

The Assembly passed SB274 Tuesday 43-27, returning it to the Senate for a final vote.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, saying he wanted more time to consider the implications.


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