Same-sex couples sue over Tennessee ‘natural meaning’ law

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Four married lesbian couples expecting children through artificial insemination filed a lawsuit May 8 over concerns that a new Tennessee statute requiring use of the “natural and ordinary meaning” of words in state law could strip them of their rights as parents.

Less than a week after Gov. Bill Haslam signed the legislation, the couples sued the Republican governor, the state of Tennessee and the state Department of Health and its commissioner, John Dreyzehner, in Davidson County Chancery Court.

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Artificial insemination parenting bill draws LGBT criticism

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two Tennessee lawmakers want to do away with a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination. Critics say the bill is aimed at LGBT couples and their children.

The bill would remove a single sentence applying to child custody when artificial insemination is involved, one that’s been interpreted to make no distinction between same-sex and heterosexual couples.

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French high court allows adoption by lesbian couple

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Paris (AP) — A French court has authorized four lesbian women to adopt children born to their wives abroad through artificial insemination.

While France has legalized gay marriage and adoption, only heterosexual couples are allowed to have medically assisted fertilization. Supporters of gay rights praised the ruling on April 16, which allows these children to have two legal parents.

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