Kansas Judge Rules In Favor Of Same-Sex Parental Rights

By: 13 News Staff
By: 13 News Staff

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the non-biological mother of children in a same sex relationship can have the same parental rights as the biological mother.

Friday's ruling involved two Johnson County women, Kelly Goudschaal and Marci Frazier, who separated after they became parents of two children.

After the separation, Goudschaal moved to Texas with the kids and limited Frazier's visitations.

Frazier sought to enforce a parenting agreement each woman had signed. A Johnson County judge found that joint custody was in the best interests of the children and granted Frazier reasonable parenting time.

Goudschaal appealed, arguing that the agreement was unenforceable.

The high court, however, said not enforcing the agreement would only deny the children the opportunity to have two parents.

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