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Madrone v. Madrone

350 P.3d 495 (2015)

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Madrone v. Madrone

Oregon Court of Appeals

350 P.3d 495 (2015)

Facts

Karah Gretchen Madrone and Lorrena Thompson Madrone were in a same-sex relationship. During their relationship, Lorrena used artificial insemination to conceive a child, and she gave birth to a daughter, R. After R’s birth, Oregon’s law permitting same-sex couples to register domestic partnerships took effect, and Lorrena and Karah registered. The couple never took steps to add Karah’s name to R’s birth certificate. The couple later separated, and Karah filed a petition to dissolve their domestic partnership and to declare herself a legal parent of R. The trial court granted summary judgment on the petition. Lorrena appealed, arguing that she never intended to marry Karah before R was born and therefore summary judgment could not be granted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hadlock, J.)

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