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Judge: Woman has no rights to child in same-sex divorce case

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee judge has ruled that a woman in a same-sex divorce case does not have the legal rights to a child she and her wife have raised because of a 1977 state law on artificial insemination. The old law recognizes mothers and husbands.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/28S7cHS ) that Knox County Circuit Judge Greg McMillan ruled Friday that state law says Erica Witt cannot be recognized as a parent.

Erica Witt and Sabrina Witt were married in April 2014 in Washington, D.C. The couple moved to Knoxville, and Sabrina Witt gave birth to a baby girl after being artificially inseminated. Because same-sex marriages were not recognized in Tennessee at the time the child was born, Erica Witt's name was never placed on the child's birth certificate.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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