Currently sitting atop Twitter’s trending topics is the hashtag #ToMyFutureKids, buoyed largely by promises of a traditional two-parent household.
Even the less traditional arrangements, though, tend to be centered around two loving parents.
A California bill proposes to expand that outlook further, allowing a child to have multiple parents. State Senator Mark Leno is proposing legislation eliminating the limit of two parents per child. “The bill brings California into the 21st century, recognizing that there are more than Ozzie and Harriet families today,” said Leno, citing surrogate births and same-sex adoptions.
The Children’s Advocacy Institute gives three examples of multi-parent families.
Is this just another case of California being California?
Some see the legislation as an outgrowth of gay marriage.
The Association of Certified Family Law Specialists notes that the legislation could have wide-ranging legal effects, including tax deductions, public assistance, school notifications and Social Security rights.
Some have found humor in the idea.
Others would like California’s legislature to focus its attention elsewhere, such as the state’s nearly $16 million budget deficit.