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Nevada Court Hears Lesbian Parental Rights Case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court is set to consider whether a woman who bore a child implanted with the fertilized egg of her former lesbian partner has full parental rights.

Attorneys for the biological mother, Veronica Damon, and the birth mother, Sha’Kayla St. Mary, are set for oral arguments Monday before the full seven-member court in Carson City.

Damon’s lawyers argue that St. Mary was no more than a “gestational surrogate” for the child born in June 2008.

A state court judge ruled that Damon is the biological and legal mother, and that St. Mary could seek visitation rights.

St. Mary’s lawyers say her name is on the birth certificate.

They say Damon is listed on a fertility clinic document as the biological parent and St. Mary as the “non-biological parent.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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