Ask California to Allow for More Than Two Parents

Target: Diane L. Harkey, Vice-Chair of the Appropriations Committee

Goal: Allow California children to have more than two parents.

In 2011, a case came to the state appellate court where a child had two mothers. After one mother was sent to prison and the other hospitalized, the child’s biological father asked to care for the child. The court ultimately ruled that the biological father could not be the child’s legal guardian because of the current law allowing only two parents per child.

Now a bill is in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee, and it will allow a child to have more than two legal parents. Opponents of the bill say that it would create an exception to the formula for child support payments and is merely a vehicle for legalizing gay marriage, but the bill states that any family with more than three parents would share custody, financial responsibility, and visitation for the child based on a judge’s determination. While there is no upper limit to the number of recognized parents, having more than five or six parents would never make it through the court.

If a child has two legal parents and both of those parents become incapacitated, a third parent will still be able to legally care for the child. If the bill is passed, it will only serve to give all children a family, no matter their circumstances.

By signing the petition below, you are asking the California Assembly Appropriations Committee to sign the bill into law, and give these children a family.


Dear Diane L. Harkey,

The proposed bill that would allow California children more than two parents can only help every child to have a family that would care for and love them. By not allowing it, you would be forcing children to become custody of the state and only become part of the already overburdened foster system, when there is already a parent who is more than willing to act as legal guardian for the child and give him or her a loving home.

I am asking you to sign the proposed bill into law. If a child has an opportunity for a loving home when their two main parents are incapacitated, please give him or her a chance to enter that home. Help ensure that every child who has a home is cared for.


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