Tuesday, August 23, 2011

It could happen to you

This week, Geoff Berg published an article about a case in Houston involving a gay father seeking custody of his children.  That in and of itself is not that unusual however in this instance the Judge ordered that the Father could not leave his children in the care of any man.  Although the Judge clearly meant to exclude the father's husband (gay), such an injunction prohibiting the children from being in the care of ANY MAN also precludes male doctors, teachers, coaches, fathers of the children's friends, pastors, youth group leaders, etc.  This strikes at the very heart of parental rights.  In Texas, the law presumes that a parent (not just mom) will make decisions that are in the best interest of their children.  In this case, the presumption is that Dad married a man who he can trust his children with and that he can make decisions about who's care he can place the children in.  Worse, there are no allegations refuting this "presumption" such as drug use, alcoholism, or abuse which are required for any type of permanent injunction to be issued. This "morality clause" is not standard and should be overturned immediately.  Godspeed to the Father and his attorney on this one. 

Houston judge limits rights of gay father
By Geoff Berg, Partisan Gridlock, Published on August 22, 2011

A Houston judge entered an order on June 24 which prohibits a father from leaving his children alone with any man they aren’t related to “by blood or adoption.” Because there was no allegation of abuse in the case, family law practitioners say the order is an unheard of infringement on the rights of parents and a judicial condemnation of the fact that the man, William Flowers, is not only gay but married to his partner, Jim Evans.  Read more.