|Holstein Criticizes New Ohio Supreme Court’s Lesbian Partner/Child Custody Decision in Columbus Dispatch
"Fathers and Families has no position on same-sex marriage. But we do have a position on same-sex ‘divorce.’
"Once a child has bonded with two adults as her parents, she is deeply and often permanently hurt by the sudden, court-ordered absence of one of her parents, regardless of the parents’ sexual orientation…”
Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS criticizes the new Ohio Supreme Court’s lesbian partner/child custody decision in his new column Kids with two parents need both, even in breakup (Columbus Dispatch, 7/18/11).
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In the piece, Holstein writes:
Read the full piece here.
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against Michele Hobbs, a lesbian “social mom,” in her desire to co-parent the child she helped raise from birth. She and biological mom Kelly Mullen agreed to raise a child together, sought out a sperm donor and shared the parenting from the birth of their now-five-year-old daughter, Lucy. The court’s ruling means that Lucy might never see the woman she calls “momma.” It is a mistake.
Most of the public sees this as a gay-rights case. The court sees it as a technical issue of defining who is a parent under the law. In reality, it is a best-interest-of-the-child case similar to everyday heterosexual child-custody disputes…
Giuliani Tells F & F: ‘Family Courts Absolutely Need Reform'
|Former New York mayor/potential 2012 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani with F & F activist Shawn Gliklich, MD.
Fathers and Families’ Election 2012 Campaign activists attended New Hampshire GOP events this week and asked former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a 2008 and potential 2012 presidential candidate, about family court reform. Giuliani told F & F activist Shawn Gliklich, MD “family courts absolutely need reform,” and expressed interest in meeting with F & F.
Giuliani told Dr. Gliklich that he sees family law as a state matter, rather than a federal one. Giuliani is for the most part correct, however, there are many things the federal government could do to promote shared custody and undermine the current sole custody to mom norm.
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President Obama has admirably emphasized the importance of fathers in children’s lives. However, he has chosen to focus only on the part of fatherlessness which is caused by irresponsible fathers, and not the large part of it that is caused by the family court system.
Giuliani experienced the bias of the family court system during his highly-publicized divorce from actress Donna Hanover. During Giuliani’s 2008 campaign, it was evident that Giuliani’s children were alienated from him–his son Andrew publicly attacked Giuliani’s wife Judi Nathan, and has often voiced objections to Giuliani’s and Nathan’s marriage.
Giuliani also paid put an enormous sum in the divorce, and his ex-wife even demanded that he pay her $1,140 a month to care for the family dog. We discussed Giuliani’s family life, marriage, and divorce—in which he also was not free of wrongdoing—in a column here.
Giuliani is the 5th presidential (or likely presidential) candidate who has come out in favor of family court reform via Fathers and Families’ Election 2012 Campaign.
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