Weird-Ass Parental Rights Case Resolved: Judge Rules That Kids' Mom Is Legally Their, uh, Mom

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We remember a time when custody cases were simpler, Oscar-nominated affairs.
One of the strangest custody cases in memory has been resolved in favor of a biological mother of twins, whose father had argued that the woman was simply a surrogate and had no parental rights.

Marvin McMurrey III had argued that his gal-pal Cindy Close was not genetically related to the twins she delivered, because they were hatched (as it were) from an anonymous donor's eggs. But Close's lawyer Grady Reiff told Hair Balls that Harris County Family Court Judge Bonnie Hellums ruled in Close's favor.

Reiff also says that McMurrey's lawyers had abandoned the surrogacy argument and focused on what they said was a lack of a genetic link between Close and the babies.

Had McMurrey prevailed, Greiff said, "any woman who used donor eggs, because she couldn't use her own, would have to have had her maternity adjudicated."

Close told us in an e-mail: "Words cannot express how happy and relieved I am with Judge Hellums' ruling. I hope that we can quickly resolve any remaining issues regarding custody so that I can finally take the babies home with me after three-and-a-half months. I'm looking forward to experiencing their firsts as a parent and not as a bystander shoved to the sidelines. I'm especially looking forward to my friends and family getting to meet the babies, since they've never even had an opportunity to visit with them except during their stay in the hospital. As I have said from day one, I was never a surrogate and I'm glad that the court has finally vindicated me."

Sounds like the judge made the right call, and we're happy for Close; she and McMurrey are due back in court Nov. 26 to finalize the terms of custody.



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