Lesbian Utah legislator carrying baby for gay couple
By Rosemary Winters
The Salt Lake Tribune
Rep. Christine Johnson is not embarrassed to say it: She is moving a lounging sofa into her office for needed breaks this legislative session, and she will be carrying snacks with her around the Capitol.
The lesbian lawmaker, a Salt Lake City Democrat, is 16 weeks pregnant, carrying a baby for two gay men (a first, no doubt, for a Utah legislator).
In April, Johnson offered to be a surrogate for the Salt Lake County couple, her close friends, after they expressed frustration with the difficulty of adopting a child in Utah. State law forbids cohabiting, unmarried couples from adopting. But some gay couples venture to other states or try to adopt in Utah as single parents.
Johnson herself has a 17-year-old daughter from a two-year marriage to an ex-husband.
USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News