Surrogacy

Michigan Court of Appeals Overturns ‘Outrageous’ Decision Involving Lesbian Surrogate Parent

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In what can be considered a win for LGBTQ+ parents and their children in the state of Michigan, the Michigan Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s decision involving a lesbian couple’s custody dispute.

When Lanesha Matthews and Kyresha LeFever were in a relationship from 2011 to 2014 — before same-sex marriage was legal — they began a family. Using reproductive technology, Matthews and LeFever bore twins using LeFever’s egg that was fertilized by donor sperm and implanted in Matthews’ uterus. After co-parenting the children for several years, the partnership ended and a custody battle ensued. Until that time, both mothers’ names were listed on the birth certificate. However, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Melissa Cox who heard the case didn’t see it that way.

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