Miss. Court Rules Woman Has Parental Rights in Same-Sex Split - NBC10 Boston
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Miss. Court Rules Woman Has Parental Rights in Same-Sex Split

The justices said an earlier ruling that she did not have rights would "would disrupt the familial relationships and expectations of Mississippians who have conceived children" using artificial insemination

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Miss. Court Rules Woman Has Parental Rights in Same-Sex Split
    AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File
    This Nov. 28, 2017, shows Chris Strickland in Pearl, Miss.

    Mississippi's Supreme Court ruled Thursday, in a case watched by gay rights activists and groups aiding in vitro fertilization, that a woman does have parental rights to the 6-year-old boy her ex-wife gave birth to when they were married, NBC News reported.

    Christina "Chris" Strickland brought the appeal and challenged a lower court decision that she did not have rights and that the anonymous sperm donor did. Strickland ultimately hopes to win 50-50 custody of Zayden Strickland, who bears her last name and was born by Kimberly Day through artificial means when Day and Strickland were married.

    The justices found that the original ruling was unworkable and unfair, saying such a standard would "would disrupt the familial relationships and expectations of Mississippians who have conceived children" using artificial insemination.

    The original judge had granted Strickland visitation rights, and she pays child support. But Attorney Beth Littrell, who works for the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, said Strickland had a much inferior status to legal parenthood.

    Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    [NATL] Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published 48 minutes ago)