Let's say that I know this guy who has a really interesting choice to make. This guy is friends with a very sweet lesbian couple. The couple calls the guy over the weekend and make him a proposition: they would like him to be the biological father of their child.
The guy learns that it's a pretty simple process, although it does require some signing of legal documents and a few medical tests. There is no expectation that the guy would be any kind of parental figure to the child. In fact, he has to give up all legal rights in that regard. At some point down the road, the couple would tell the child who his or her father was when they felt the child was ready to know. And that's really it.
Beyond the practicalities of the proposition, the guy realizes the enormous compliment the couple has paid to him — they want some portion of the very essence of him to be in their child. It's an act of faith and trust and love. It's frankly the sweetest thing that has happened to this guy all year.
You should see him, he's been beaming about it ever since. I suspect he is going to say yes.
[CC-licensed photo by justastranger.]