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Lesbian Partner Must Pay Support

February 11, 1999

HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) _ New Zealand’s High Court has ordered a woman who raised children with her former lesbian partner to pay child support.

The woman said she will not contest the ruling Wednesday by the High Court, which upheld an earlier Family Court ruling.

The woman had lived 14 years with her partner, who conceived the children through artificial insemination. The names of the women and other details of their relationship were not released.

The High Court judges did not comment on whether same-sex marriages should be recognized in law. But the decision was expected to have wide-ranging implications for other same-sex relationships and those where the adults in parental roles have no biological link to their children.

The woman’s lawyer, Andrew Davie, said his client would take no further legal action, but that she was perplexed by the ruling.

“She has some difficulty understanding how she was unable to adopt and unable to (legally) marry but has now been made a stepparent,” he said.

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