TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Genetic testing has confirmed that a Topeka man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is the biological father of the 5-year-old child born to one of the women.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shawnee County District Judge Mary Mattivi on Tuesday morning ordered that William Marotta’s DNA results be entered in the official record. The testing identified Marotta as the father, with a 99.9 percent certainty.
Kansas wants Marotta declared the father so he can be forced to pay child support. The state started pursuing the case in 2012 after the couple split up and one of the women applied for state health insurance for the child. Marotta claims he signed a contract waiving his parental responsibilities.