TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – It’s probably one of the most bizarre Craigslist transactions, involving a lesbian couple desperate for a sperm donor, and a Topeka man willing to help.
Little did William Marotta know that act of kindness would lead to a lengthy child support battle that continues.
Recently, the controversial case led to a court ordered DNA test that revealed Marotta is the father.
“I’m the sperm donor. I’m not the father,” he said.
Marotta added if he had a nickel for every time he’s said he’s the sperm donor in the past three years, he’d have enough money to pay off the amount the state of Kansas wants in back child support.
“It would be really easy for me to just pay off the money and be done,” Marotta said. “But that’s not the point, shouldn’t have been done in the first place, it’s wrong.”
The person he believes is responsible for the wrongdoing, Governor Sam Brownback.
“I believe he’s sat down with a group of his people and said, ‘Okay, this is what I want to do. How do we accomplish that?’”
It all started when Marotta donated his sperm to a lesbian couple in 2009 after seeing their post on Craigslist.
Marotta decided to help the couple, and later that year the couple had a little girl.
“Angie and Jennifer are the parents,” Marotta said.
However, the state of Kansas won’t accept that, despite the fact that the same-sex couple and Marotta signed a contract giving up all parental rights to the child.
“Angie at one point called the Department of Child Services and said, ‘You shouldn’t be asking this guy for child support. I’m the other parent,’ and they literally truly told her, this is none of your business, go away,” Marotta said.
At that point Marotta knew something was fishy, why would the state want to take someone to court, instead of someone who is willing to pay?
“I know what my legal bills are. It’s easily 10 times what the amount is,” Marotta said.
He also finds it odd that a lawyer from Brownback’s administration is involved in the case.
“Somebody in the administration somewhere said I want to make an example,” Marotta said.
Brownback’s administration said they can’t comment on the case specifics, but did say, “If an individual wants to have the protections of a sperm donor, he needs to follow the law. In addition, parental rights cannot be signed away without following adoption laws,” spokeswoman Theresa Freed said.
Marotta said he will continue fighting the case all the way up to the State Supreme Court.
“I still think I did the right thing. I think the state’s doing the wrong thing,” he said.
According to Marotta, his lawyer has only found one other case in the United States where this has happened, but in that case the sperm donor had changed his mind and requested visitation with the child, which is something Marotta has never wanted or asked for.
Marotta’s attorney says he’s acquired enough legal bills throughout this whole ordeal that he could buy a new car.
Friends have planned an upcoming fundraiser and have set up a GoFundMe site to help with Marotta’s expenses.
For information on the fundraiser, click here.