This was on the back page of the NYT magazine section yesterday. It’s a simple little surrogacy story, told first person by Joshua Gamson who, along with his husband, used a surrogate from Kentucky to form a family. It’s worth a read if only to see how much legal complexity arises in such a brief sketch of the story. Married in some states, not in others. A California court order in a Kentucky court. The whole birth certificate problem.
I’ve written about many of these issues in the past and you can find some of that discussion using the tags. But it’s nice to put the human element back into the picture–every surrogacy case is also a real story of real people. This little essay does that nicely.
At the same time, there’s a cautionary undertone–if you’re going down this path, you’d better have legal counsel, and good legal counsel at that. The age of the internet is a wonderful thing in many ways, but it has made it far easier for people to enter into surrogacy arrangements on their own. That way, I fear, lies trouble. Whether it’s domestic or international, there’s a host of legal issues that someone needs to be keeping an eye on.