This Washington

Extra Fizz: Pedersen Surrogacy and Parentage Bill Passes House

By Josh Feit March 1, 2011

Rep. Jamie Pedersen's (D-43, Capitol Hill) paid surrogacy bill—which, legalizes, formalizes and regulates the ability of couples to pay surrogate moms to have a baby for them—passed the house along party lines yesterday, 57-41—with a few crossovers: Democrat Mark Miloscia (D-30, Federal Way) voted against the bill and Republicans Maureen Walsh (R-16, Walla Walla) and Glenn Anderson (R-5) voted with the Democrats.

The bill doesn't just help gay men like Pedersen, who has been patiently passing domestic partnership rights for four years now. It also clarifies parentage laws to make sure non-biological moms aren't legally disenfranchised when it comes to custody rights—something than can be important to lesbian couples.

The bill states:
In the context of a marriage or a domestic partnership, a person is presumed to be the  parent of a child if: The person and the mother or father of the child are married to each other or in a domestic partnership with each other and the child is born during the marriage or domestic partnership ... A person is presumed to be the parent of a child if, for the  first two years of the child's life, the person resided in the same household with the child and openly held out the child as his or her own.

Miloscia, as we noted yesterday in a "Quote of the Day," filed an avalanche of monkeywrenching amendments—all of which failed or were withdrawn—which among other things ridiculed the bill as the "Baby Selling Act of 2011."

We have calls in to Walsh and Miloscia.
Filed under
Show Comments