Much is being made of the sperm donor to a lesbian couple who is now being sued by the state of Kansas for child support, after the lesbians broke up and the birth mother applied to the state for financial help (after which, at the request of the state welfare agency, she provided the name and contact info for the sperm donor). The donor had no relationship to the child or the mother; he had originally responded to a Craigslist ad seeking a donor, and had signed a contract with the lesbian couple absolving him of all parental rights and responsibilities including financial support.
As Hot Air correctly points out, if Kansas recognized same-sex marriage and the lesbian couple had been wed, then the state would have properly pursued the now-ex, who by right of marriage would have been a second legal parent, for financial support. But without marriage, the ex is a legal stranger in this case. So now, it’s a mess—an embarrassment to the state, possibly ruinous for the innocent sperm donor, and (despite this case’s particulars) a threat to the system of sperm donorship due to all the fearsome publicity.