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Actor Jason Patric's custody case sparks parental-rights fight (with video from Katie Couric show)

A story being watched closely by gay & lesbian activists in California.

Strangely missing from the Associated Press version: Actor Jason Patric's son Gus, now 3, also is grandson of The Exorcist star Jason Miller -- and great-grandson of the legendary comedian Jackie Gleason.

Patric's mom, Linda Gleason, was married to Miller, also a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (That Championship Season).

BY LAURA OLSON, ASSOCIATED PRESS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A child custody case involving "The Lost Boys" actor Jason Patric and his ex-girlfriend has grown into a heated battle in the California Legislature about whether certain sperm donors should be granted parental rights.

Patric took his case to state lawmakers after a judge ruled that he had no parental rights to Gus, the now 3-year-old son he conceived with Danielle Schreiber using in vitro fertilization. The resulting bill comes before a legislative committee Tuesday.

The couple, who never married, offer different versions of what role Patric was to play in the child's life. Patric said he signed an "intended parent" document and spent significant time with the boy until Schreiber cut off his access, while her attorneys say his involvement was based on dating Schreiber and not as the boy's intended father.

Their falling out led to a custody case, in which the judge determined that Patric met the definition of a sperm donor under a 2011 state law and thus had no legal rights as the boy's father.

The author of that law, Democratic state Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo, says he is now attempting to clarify his previous statute so unmarried men who contribute to assisted reproductive methods are not unfairly stripped of parental rights.

Hill is carrying SB115, which would allow a man whose sperm was used to conceive a child through artificial insemination to ask a court for parental rights if he can show a certain level of involvement in the child's life.

"This bill does not give me my son back," Patric told The Associated Press in an interview. "This bill allows me to come into a court of law and say, 'This is my son.'"

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