Oh sweet heavens. A judge in Georgia actually stipulated that a father in a custody battle couldn’t expose his children to his gay friends. No, it didn’t hold up in court – thank heavens.
The Georgia Supreme Court threw out the judgement this week that would have kept Eric Duane Mongerson from allowing his three kids to come in contact with gay people . . . pretty much ever.
Mongerson and ex-wife Sandy were married for twenty-one years and have four kids, including one who has already reached adulthood. Sandy has primary custody of their three youngest, ages eight to sixteen, but Eric was supposed to have limited rights to see his kids – as long as he refrained from “exposing the children to his homosexual partners and friends.”
So let me get this straight. Random lesbians on the street or in the grocery store were OK, just not those Dad actually approved of enough to become friendly with!
Personally, I’d rather my kid meet one of my gay friends (which she has) than some straight stranger who I know nothing about. But then, I’m not ready to roll out the bubble lest she be exposed to . . . wait for it . . . another person who isn’t exactly like her.
The blanket statement was also impossible to follow. What, for example, would have been the repercussions if their eight-year-old were to run into a gay person while out with Dad? Does standing in line beside a gay person at the ice cream stand for a cone constitute exposure? Heck, does Dad saying “hello” to a guy count as making friends?
I’m poking fun, but this is serious business. Should that have held up, the precedent set would have been frightening. In a country where parents have been denied the chance to have their own homosexual spouse sleep over because of discriminatory custody rulings, this could well have set every gay Georgian apart from chunks of their family.