Indiana court says law unclear on same-sex custody

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The Indiana Court of Appeals wants the Legislature to update state laws to address custody issues regarding children of same-sex and other non-traditional families.

The judges said in a ruling issued Thursday that state law provides no guidance in situations where an intended parent lacks a genetic connection to the child. Eyewitness News partner the Indianapolis Star reports that ruling came in a custody dispute from Elkhart County between a same-sex couple.

Judge Ezra Friedlander wrote that such disputes are becoming a torrent and that better legal direction is needed. He wrote that state law doesn't address the growing use of assisted reproductive technologies. 

The court told the Elkhart County judge to reconsider the non-biological mother's visitation request under standards involving a former step-parent or grandparent.

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