Lesbian Woman Adopts Former Partner’s Children; Injects Legal Complications

October 8, 2008 at 6:10 am Leave a comment

A Montana judge has ruled in favor of a woman who sought parental rights to a boy and girl adopted by her former lesbian partner.

The biological mother left the homosexual lifestyle and is now married to a man, but Alliance Defense Fund attorney Austin Nimocks says the fact that his client was formerly involved in a lesbian relationship is not the issue.
“What matters is that she is the mother of her children and that her ex is not — [the point is] that this other woman involved in this situation has no legal relationship with the children, no biological relationship with the children, no relationship by blood or marriage. None. She is a complete legal stranger to these kids, and yet a court has seen fit to treat her as if she is the actual mother and treat our client as if she is not,” Nimocks contends.

In writing his decision, District Judge Ed McLean stated: “To discriminate further against [this woman] because of her sexual preference in this day and age is no different than telling a person to go to the back of the bus because of her skin color.”
The attorney believes Judge McClean treated the former relationship as a marriage. “You can’t start treating relationships as marriages that are not marriages, and Montana law is very clear,” Nimocks adds. “They have a constitutional amendment that says marriage is one man and one woman.”
Nimocks says he plans to appeal to the Montana Supreme Court — and win.

Source: ONN


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