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JUDGE ALLOWS LESBIAN TO VISIT WITH SON OF FORMER PARTNER

A lesbian seeking the right to have regular visitation with the child of her former partner has been granted a single, two-hour visit next weekend while the matter remains under consideration.

The visit was granted Monday by 3rd District Judge Leslie Lewis.The plaintiff, identified in court only as A.I., has not seen the 4-year-old boy of her former partner, C.D., since July. "I'm ecstatic right now," A.I., 43, said Monday.

C.D., 27, did not comment.

Witnesses said A.I. was present at the boy's birth, shared daily duties such as bathing and clothing him, helped give him asthma treatments and took time off work when he needed medical attention.

They said she helped support C.D. and her family.

The defense contends the woman's role was like that of a baby sitter and that the court did not have the right to grant visitation.