Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tipping The Scales Of Justice


Eric Mongerson divorced his wife, Sandy. She sued for custody of the children and was awarded custody. No big deal, there; it happens everyday in the good old US of A.

But, in the custody agreement, approved by a court in Georgia, it states that Eric Mongerson could not let his children have any contact with any of his gay friends or partners.

Yup, the court said Eric could have visitation but that his children were not allowed any contact with...cue ominous music..."The Gay People."

Indeed, a court of law says children should not be allowed around gay folks. Seems to make sense, since everyone knows that in order to increase our numbers and take over the world and make everything gay gay gay, we need to recruit the young with promises of candies and camping trips and designer shoes.

Seriously, a court in Georgia must think that, because why else would they make such a homophobic, hate-filled ruling?

Now, the Georgia Supreme Court has rejected the custody agreement as “blatant discrimination," and, in writing for a unanimous court, Justice Robert Benham said: “The prohibition against [the children having] contact with any gay or lesbian person acquainted with [Mongerson] assumes, without evidentiary support, that the children will suffer harm from any such contact.
"Such an arbitrary classification based on sexual orientation flies in the face of our public policy that encourages divorced parents to participate in the raising of their children.”

Nice work. But a shame the time of the Supreme Court needed to be wasted on such foolishness. If marriage equality were the law of the land, no court could have enforced such a custody agreement.

1 comment:

Mark in DE said...

Its good that justice was met in the end, but as you said, its shameful that the state Supreme court had to become involved.