New York Law School professor Leonard S. Link writes at his blog "Leonard's Link" today:
New York County Supreme Court Justice Harold B. Beeler has allowed NY Court of Appeals Chief Judge Judith Kaye's dissent in the 1991 case of Alison D. v. Virginia M. To guide his steps in ruling that a woman should have a hearing to attempt to establish that she is a “de facto parent” of the child born to her former same-sex domestic partner, who was also her New York City registered domestic partner and her Vermont civil union partner. Debra H. v. Janice R., No. 106569/080.
In what he characterized as a case of first impression, Justice Beeler found that the parties’ entry into a Vermont Civil Union at the time that one of the women was pregnant "is strong evidence of the parties' intention to create familial bonds for their and [the child's] benefit."
You may read his article here: New York Trial Judge Rules that Lesbian Co-Parent May See Custody and Visitation Rights