Lesbian challenges court ruling that she's not legal parent

AP News
Posted: Jun 01, 2017 4:59 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A lesbian is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to recognize her as a legal parent of a child born during her marriage to a woman.

Chris Strickland filed an appeal Thursday, arguing a lower court was wrong to rule in her 2016 divorce that only her ex-wife is a legal parent to the child.

Strickland's ex-wife, now named Kimberly Day, gave birth to a son who was conceived with an anonymous sperm donor.

Strickland and Day chose to have the child while they were married, and Strickland says she and Day have shared responsibilities in raising him.

Beth Littrell of Lambda Legal Counsel is an attorney representing Strickland. She says Strickland is seeking the same legal recognition as a parent that courts already grant to opposite-sex couples who divorce.