A woman in London, Ont., wants the Ontario Court of Appeal to recognize her as the third parent of a boy she's raising with her lesbian partner.
The application, if allowed, would be believed to mark the first time in Canada a child would legally have more than two parents, and would fundamentally change the definition of the word "family."
The biological father and mother and her female partner must remain anonymous because of a court ruling protecting their identities.
"The family has evolved over the years in a way that the law should recognize the reality of this little boy," said the father's lawyer, Alfred Mamo, "his reality being that he's got two mothers and a father with whom he thrives. They all want this for their son."
The applicant appealed, arguing that she was in a special situation because same-sex couples require assisted human reproduction.
So if the law does not allow for three parents, it is a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantee of equality, she argued.
They may all want this narcissistic arrangement for the boy, but does anyone every stop to think about what the boy's needs? When he's old enough to figure out the facts of life, do they think that he isn't going to wonder what games they've been playing with him?
Are children now mere accessories to couples, to be toyed with in the pursuit of these adult psychological games?
And if a child can have more than two parents, why can't a man have more than one wife?