Daily Archives: August 4, 2010

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Gay Marriage

Gay Parent Rights Heading to Trial

The rights of a gay partner to participate in, and more importantly, have court ordered rights to, parenting her former partner’s child will be set for trial in the 302nd Judicial District Court of Dallas County, Texas. After the Texas Supreme Court declined to hear the biological parent’s appeal challenging the partner’s right to sue for access to the child, the Dallas Court of Appeals returned the case to the trial court. [See Dallas Court of Appeals cause number 05-08-00568-CV, In re M.K.S.-V., 301 S.W.3d 460 (Tex. App. — Dallas 2009, pet. denied), opinion attached.] Kristie Vowels and Tracy Scourfield were together for more than four years and decided to have a child together, conceived by Scourfield through artificial insemination. A year after the birth of the child, they broke up and Scourfield moved out of Vowels’ home along with the child. Vowels continued to have contact with the child by agreement on a schedule similar to that of divorced heterosexual parents. Following a disagreement between Scourfield and Vowels, Scourfield denied Vowels access to the child, resulting in Vowels filing suit for court-ordered access to the child. A three-judge panel of the Dallas Court of Appeal issued a controversial ruling in December 2009 that […]