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Father's will demands gay son marry a woman

A New York City man has a nice inheritance waiting for his child, so long as he fulfills one iron-clad requirement in his late father's will; he has to marry the mother of his child. Not such a high hurdle at first glance, but the son is gay and in a committed relationship with another man. The couple was married after the child was born via a surrogate. The son, who is a New York City Criminal Court judge, is claiming his partner is the child's mother and the child is entitled to his share of the $180,000 bequest. The case is turning into a very complicated legal battle over whether the will's conditions are so unreasonable that they can be disregarded by the court.