January 22, 2014 7:37 pm
Updated: January 23, 2014 10:21 am

Judge says U.S. man who donated sperm to lesbian couple must pay child support

FILE - In this file photo from Dec. 31, 2012, William Marotta poses for a portrait in Topeka, Kan. A Shawnee County District Court judge ruled Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2013, that Marotta is the father and required to pay child support.

AP Photo/Topeka Capital-Journal, Jeff Davis, File

TOPEKA, Kan. – A U.S. judge has ruled that a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after responding to their online ad is the father of a child born to the women and must pay child support.

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Shawnee County District Court Judge Mary Mattivi wrote Wednesday that because a licensed physician was not involved in the artificial insemination process, William Marotta is more than a sperm donor and thus responsible for the child.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Department for Children and Families filed the case in October 2012 seeking to have the Topeka man declared the father of a girl born to Jennifer Schreiner in 2009.

Marotta argued that he didn’t intend to be the child’s father and signed a contract waiving his parental rights.

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