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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 7:30 pm | Updated: 2:02 pm, Fri Apr 5, 2013.

A Santa Fe judge says the former lesbian partner of a woman who adopted a Russian child 13 years ago has legal status as a natural parent — a ruling advocates described Thursday as a victory for the parental rights of same-sex partners and non-biological parents.

State District Judge Glenn Ellington granted the status to Bani Chatterjee on Wednesday by a summary judgment in a domestic case Chatterjee brought against Taya King in late 2008.

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  • henry griswold posted at 12:38 pm on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    henry griswold Posts: 212

    if an individual joins another in rearing a child, but does not adopt i can see custodial privileges, but not parental status.

     
  • sfobserver posted at 7:57 am on Fri, Apr 5, 2013.

    sfobserver Posts: 63

    Not surprising that the former judge Sanchez would rule the way he did. It is just too bad no one complained and he was not removed from the bar rather than allowed to retire and continue to practice law.
    It is a great victory for protection of parental rights for same sex couples---this ruling is so much more important than Coss's request for city clerks to issue marriage licenses because it produces a real time consequence and right.

     
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