I tried to come up with a better title for thread juxtaposition purposes, but . . . This morning, the Utah Supreme Court announced its 4-1 decision, denying visitation rights to the non-biological member of a lesbian civil union. The couple formalized their union under Vermont law, and one of them was artificially inseminated and had a child. After the child's second birthday, the couple broke up, and the non-biological member sought visitation rights. (There were, apparently, plans for the other member to be inseminated and bear a second child, but the relationship broke up before that happened.) I've only skimmed the decision, but essentially, the Utah Supreme Court held no common law or statutory right of visitation existed (the non-biological member's standing to sue "in loco parentis" ended when the relationship with the biological parent ended), and the Court was not inclined to judicially create such a doctrine. The dissenting panelist was the Chief Justice, the most liberal member of the Court. You can read it here. And discuss, to your hearts content, below.