So you’re a Topeka man and you’re feeling quite virile, and so you answer a Craigslist ad from a lesbian couple seeking a sperm donor.  No problem, right?  You’ve got the juice, you make a little donation, take a couple bucks home for your trouble, and you’re back to your own life, searching through more Craigslist ads.  And that’s when it hits you, and the trouble really begins.

Believe it or not, this all happened to a gentleman named William Marotta.  And he’s now battling the state of Kansas for his troubles.

According to the Ventura County Star, Marotta, a Topeka, Kansas man, donated sperm to a lesbian couple after answering an online ad.  He now finds himself fighting the state’s efforts to suddenly force him to pay child support for the now 3-year-old girl, arguing that he and the women signed an agreement that waived all of his parental rights.

No doctors were used for the artificial insemination, thus, Kansas argues that because Marotta didn’t work through a clinic or doctor, as required by state law, he can be held responsible for the approximately $6,000 that the child’s biological mom received through public assistance – as well as future child support.  At least ten (10) other states have similar requirements in their laws, including California.

In this case, after answering the Craigslist ad in 2009, Marotta and the lesbian couple exchanged e mails.  They then met, and all three signed an agreement relieving Marotta of any financial or paternal responsibility.  However, the Kansas Department For Children and Families argues that the agreement isn’t valid because no doctor was used.  Instead, Marotta agreed to drop off containers with his sperm at the couple’s home.

The women handled the artificial insemination themselves using a syringe, and then one of them became pregnant.  Later that year they broke up, and Mom ended up receiving public assistance from the state.  And now Marotta is left holding the bag, literally, as Kansas seeks reimbursement for the benefits and to hold Marotta liable for future child support payments.

Although the agreement the lesbian couple signed with Marotta said the women would “hold him harmless” financially, and that they would not list a father on the birth certificate, he appears to still be on the hook legally.  That’s because the state of Kansas law appears to consider a sperm donor not to be the father only when the donor provides sperm to a licensed physician for artificial insemination of a woman who is not the donor’s wife.  This law is said to encourage donors and prospective mothers to work with a doctor instead of an empty jar and syringe.

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