Lesbian Utah legislator carrying baby for gay couple

SALT LAKE CITY- Utah legislator Christine Johnson, one of two openly lesbian legislators, is 16 weeks pregnant, carrying a baby for two gay men.

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.

The two men who will be the baby's fathers "will be wonderful parents," she predicts.

Johnson, 41, has a 17-year-old daughter from a two-year marriage. She got her daughter's approval, and the support of her own mother and siblings, before making her decision to become the surrogate mother.

The baby is due on the summer solstice, June 21.

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