Sperm donor dad, lesbian couple reach agreement

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Massimiliano Gerina, who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple he was friends with nearly three years ago, displays his tattoo honoring his daughter, Ema, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Miami. He was ecstatic about becoming a father, a dream the gay hairdresser had all but given up on. But shortly before the little girl was born, the mothers asked Gerina to sign legal documents saying he had no rights to the baby and was only a sperm donor. The three spent the next two years fighting over the arrangement until a judge last month ruled in a private adoption that Gerina and the two women are the legal parents of the now 2-year-old girl. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
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MIAMI (AP) — A sperm donor who is gay and a lesbian couple are having a reunion of sorts after a nearly three-year legal battle over the couple's daughter.

Massimiliano Gerina says he donated his sperm to the couple with the understanding that he would have a role in the child's life. But Gerina says after Maria Italiano became pregnant in 2010, he and his friends fought over the role he would play.

The couple asked him to sign away his rights to the child and he sued. The legal fight ended last week after they reached an agreement. Gerina's name will appear on the birth certificate and he gets visitation rights with Emma, who is almost 2.

The mothers maintain sole parental responsibilities and will make decisions about Emma's health and well-being.

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