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Louisiana Gay Dad Raises Child, But He's Powerless as Partner Skips Town With Boy

ABC News
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July 17, 2012

For nearly seven years, Dale Liuzza raised his son as the caregiving parent in a gay relationship. The boy was conceived through a surrogate, a donor egg and a mixture of sperm from both his dads.

“We didn’t know or care about the biology,” said Liuzza, 31, and a behavioral therapist who works with autistic children in New Orleans. “I pretty much raised him. As far as I was concerned, I carried him.”

But when the men’s relationship fell apart, his partner determined he was the biological father and took the boy out of state to Texas and eventually to Washington State.

Louisiana does not recognize marriage equality or second-parent adoption, so Liuzza was left with no legal parental rights.