Something tells us that life would be so much easier nowadays if more people had just watched “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” or “Sesame Street” growing up. The classic PBS educational shows aimed at preschool aged children were always putting the message of love and tolerance out to the airwaves, and on several occasions both shows taught the notion of an nontraditional but very loving and stable family.
We were told growing up that some kids have one mommy, some have one daddy, some have grandma and grandpa as parents, and some have aunts and uncles while others were adopted by total strangers who just wanted to give a child a loving home to grow up in. The concept of the “fluid” family structure is nothing new, and the great state of California has taken a bold new step in enshrining that notion into law by allowing judges to recognize three or more adults with legal parental rights.
The move is a big one and signals a huge win for same-sex couples, granting them legal authority for both partners to have legal custody, even if one of them wasn’t biologically involved in the conception of the child. The new law also makes it possible to keep a child with an adult they’ve loved and viewed as an adult their whole lives should their biological parent die, be sent to jail, or otherwise become unable to do their jobs as parents.
This is the second huge victory for same-sex couples in California this year. Over the summer the controversial and wildly unpopular Proposition 8 — a voter-backed law that passed largely because of outside pressure from groups like the Mormon church in California — was nullified when the Supreme Court of the United States of America threw out the suit that was trying to get the law reinstated.