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A Surprising Paternity Notice

Posted Jun 6, 2007 10:10 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A New York man says it cost him about $3,000 to fight a surprising notice that said he had been named the father of a baby born in December.

Mike Shaieb, a musical composer, is gay. “In my entire 45 years of living, I have never seen a vagina in person,” he says.

The child’s mother had apparently given Shaieb’s name to officials when she applied for welfare, according to the New York Times story about the case. The mother never showed up in court, but she apparently had said the father was born in Jordan.

Shaieb’s lawyer informed the court about her client’s sexual orientation and produced a birth certificate showing he was not born in Jordan. A judge dismissed the case on Shaieb’s second appearance.

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