This Note argues that Missouri should adopt a doctrine of alternative parentage that expands the definition of "parent" to include those in same-sex relationships who are not the biological or adoptive parents.' 0 In Part II, this Note analyzes the facts and holding of White. Next, in Part 111, this Note explores the Uniform Parentage Act and introduces the nontraditional forms of standing created by courts to allow third parties to obtain custody rights. Then, Part IV examines the court's rationale in White. Lastly, Part V explores why the court erred in its decision and why courts should recognize alternative forms of parentage. This Note concludes that by refusing to recognize the rights of same-sex parents, Missouri courts not only discriminate against gay parents, but they also discriminate against their children by refusing to recognize their rights to two legal parents.

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