Family stability teetering on edge in California

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A pro-family group says a bill allowing three or more legal parents in California is "illogical" and contributes to the demise of family stability.

On Friday Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation that will allow children in the state to have three or more legal parents. Senate Bill 274 mandates that courts recognize three or more legal parents so parents can share custody and the financial responsibilities of the child.

State Senator Mark Leno (D), who authored the bill, said he crafted the bill to change the state's family structure – a structure he says “is evolving” – giving same-sex parents the ability to have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent. One of the sponsors of the bill is the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Randy Thomasson, president of, tells OneNewsNow the objective of the measure is clear. "Now even the word 'parent' has lost its unique meaning in the law,” he says. “SB 274 blows up the family unit by redefining the phrase 'natural parent' to mean ‘a non-adoptive parent ... whether biologically related to the child or not.’" He adds the measure “creates law based on feelings, not law based on human responsibility.”

Leno, one of the first two openly homosexual men to serve in the California Assembly, stated after the bill was signed that “courts need the ability to recognize these changes [in an evolving family structure] so children are supported by the adults that play a central role in loving and caring for them.”

Thomasson is holding both Leno and Brown responsible for undermining families.

Thomasson, Randy (

"It’s illogical. It makes no sense. And [by signing the bill] Governor Brown is contributing to the demise of family stability in California,” says the pro-family activist. “Talk about the bad influence of government – or in this case, the Democrat-run government, because this awful bill was pushed through by the majority Democrats."

Democrats currently have a supermajority in both the Senate (28-12) and Assembly (55-25).

The bill, which becomes state law on January 1, 2014, was opposed by pro-family groups that say it creates confusion and instability within the family unit. Brown vetoed a similar bill last year.

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