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'Co-parent' adoptions difficult for gay couples

5:44 PM, Mar. 16, 2013
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Teege and David Mettille made history by becoming Outagamie County's first gay foster parents, but they're held back from full legal parenting rights of the child they adopted last month.

Teege Mettille, an Appleton alderman who represents a downtown district, is Logan's father in the eyes of the 3-year-old, but not the state. He and his partner, David, adopted the toddler last month after raising him in foster care for more than two years.

But Wisconsin's ambiguous adoption laws and a patchwork of interpretations by judges mean gay couples in the state frequently settle on single-parent ...

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