Kids in California can now have more than two legal parents after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday.
Sen. Mark Leno, a Democrat from San Francisco, said he authored the measure to address the changes in family structure in California, including situations in which same-sex couples have a child with an opposite-sex biological parent, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The law will allow the courts to recognize three or more legal parents so that custody and financial responsibility can be shared by all those involved in raising a child, Leno said.
MSN reported that the legislation was prompted in part when a child with two moms had one jailed and one hospitalized and ended up in foster care because her biological dad had no legal claim.
Advocates for traditional families opposed the legislation. Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, said he was disappointed by the governor's action.
"This is in the long run going to be a mistake," Dacus said. "The ones who are going to pay the price are not the activists, but it's going to be children, who will see greater conflict and indecision over matters involving their well-being."
Brown reportedly vetoed a similar bill last year, and The Los Angeles Times noted that his representatives did not return calls for comment on what changed his mind.