The Florida Supreme Court has heard arguments in a child custody dispute between two women.
But lawyers on both sides say the case is unlikely to affect other couples, gay or straight.
The justices on Oct. 2 also raised the possibility of returning it to trial court to resolve a potential factual dispute over a consent form. It was signed by one partner, the genetic mother, who donated an egg that was fertilized and implanted in the other woman.
The couple separated two years after the child was born.
A trial court granted custody to the woman who gave birth, citing a state law that says donors relinquish parental rights.
An appellate court ruled both women should have parental rights because the genetic mother wasn’t a donor as contemplated by the law.