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Ohio Supreme Court Rules Against Same-Sex “Co-Parent” in Custody Battle

The Ohio Supreme Court today announced its decision in In re Mullen (Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-3361) and made it more difficult for a non-biological parent in a same-sex relationship to prove permanent shared custody of a child. Although Ohio law allows for shared permanent custody without explicitly requiring a written agreement, the Court’s decision today effectively makes such an agreement a requirement in the event of a breakup of same-sex couples in Ohio.

After being in a committed relationship for several years, Kelly Mullen and Michele Hobbs jointly agreed to have a child. Kelly gave birth to Lucy Mullen after in vitro fertilization from a friend of Michele’s, for which the couple shared financial responsibility. Michele was present at Lucy’s birth and cut the umbilical cord. Although the donor’s name appeared on Lucy’s official birth certificate, the donor signed an agreement relinquishing custody and Kelly and Michele drafted a ceremonial birth certificate that listed themselves as Lucy’s parents. Kelly also listed Michele as the “co-parent” on three documents — her will, a health care power of attorney and a durable power of attorney, writing that she considered Michele to be Lucy’s co-parent “in every way.”

For two years, Kelly and Michele co-parented Lucy and held themselves out as a family. Thereafter, the relationship deteriorated and Kelly moved with Lucy out of the house that she and Michele had shared. Michele then filed for permanent shared custody of Lucy. The magistrate judge decided that Kelly and Michele had agreed to co-parent Lucy and that it was in the best interests of the child to maintain ties with Michele. Therefore, the magistrate judge recommended that Kelly and Michele share permanent custody of Lucy.

Today, the Ohio Supreme Court held in a 4-3 decision that, despite all of the evidence of co-parenting, the trial court did not err in deciding that Kelly did not agree to permanently share custody with Michele. The Court based its decision primarily on two factors: first, the documents in which Kelly named Michele as her co-parent were revocable; and second, the Court found that the term “co-parent” did not indicate a desire to share permanent custody.

Justice Paul Pfeifer, writing separately in dissent, responded by arguing that an agreement to be a “co-parent in every way” cannot exclude shared custody. He further argued that the question should not be whether the relevant documents were revocable, but whether they were revoked before the pair separated. Because they were not revoked until after the breakup, Justice Pfiefer reasoned that shared permanent custody had been the intent of the couple: “The question was whether Kelly intended to share permanent custody of Lucy with Michele, not whether she later came to regret that decision.”

Justice Pfiefer further stated: “The law has not caught up to our culture, and this court has failed to craft a rule that addresses reality. . . . A maternal relationship existed between [Michele] and Lucy. [Kelly] taught her daughter to call another woman ‘Momma’ and to love her as a mother. She now wishes she hadn’t, and for the majority, that’s enough. It shouldn’t be. This ruling is yet another example of how children raised by same sex couples and people in same sex relationships are harmed by the inequalities in Ohio law”

To read the full transcript of the courts decision please Click HERE

*Source:  (Editited) Equality Ohio Press Release

Gay Couple Beaten Over Parking Space In Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs Police arrested 24-year-old Russell Bates and 19-year old Abigail Sheehy in Palm Springs on May 21st after yelling “derogatory slurs” and beating a gay couple over a private parking spot that belonged to the two men.

The gay couple told police an argument with a man and women started over the parking space behind the business on Tahquitz Canyon Drive. The victims aged 64 and 49 started taking pictures of the couple after being verbally abused, and when the other couple  became physical, punching the men.  One of the victims lost some teeth during the assault.

Police found Sheehy and Bates at Ruth Hardy Park the next day and took them both into custody. Sheehy and Bates were charged with battery causing serious bodily injury, child abuse (their child was with them), and violation of civil rights (felony commission of a hate crime). Bates was also charged with violating his probation.

Video – Timothy Ray Brown "The Berlin Patient" The First Man ‘Cured’ of HIV.

Tomothy Ray Brown, an American in his 40s who has been working in Berlin. In 2006, was diagnosed with acute leukemialeukemia AND his HIV, the man’s doctor — Dr. Gero Hütter — a stem cell transplant from aereceived bone marrow from a donor who had natural resistance to HIV infection; this was due to a genetic profile which led to the CCR5 co-receptor being absent from his cells.

Ever since that transplant, Brown  has had an undetectable viral load even though he hasn’t been on HIV/AIDS treatment since before the transplant. The man has generously allowed scientists to take almost every possible biopsy and test, including the most ultrasensitive HIV tests available, but HIV has not been detected anywhere in his body.

About one percent of Caucasians are immune to HIV. Some researchers think the immunity gene goes back to the Great Plague: people who survived the plague passed their immunity down and their heirs have it today.

I’m personally shocked that his has not been bigger news.. I know that medical “breakthro­ughs” are always to be accepted with skepticism­, but any step towards a possible cure is a huge step, especially after all these years, and so many lives lost

This is AWESOME NEWS and if true a miracle!

Anti-Gay Bigots Harass Actors and Vandalize Theatre Presenting RENT in Nashville TN

Anti-gay bigots have harassed actors and vandalized the historic Nashville Dinner Theatre in Tennesse after recent performances of the hit Broadway musical RENT a rock opera with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson[1] based on Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York’s Lower East Side in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Actors in the show have been subjected to anti-gay slurs and being pelted by eggs outside the theatre and started tossing eggs at them and shouting anti-gay slurs. The doors of the theatre have been  papered with flyers and pamphlets for the local Church of Scientology and  handwritten notes claiming “God Hates Queers” and RENT advertisements were ripped down.

“It’s a shame that anyone would target RENT for any type of protests based on hate, since the show’s main theme is love and acceptance” admits Kaine Riggan, the owner of the theatre.  I wish I could offer the vandals some comp tickets to see the show, because I’m afraid they’ve missed the point.”

Via – Out & About Nashville

DADT Passes Procedual Vote – John McCain Douchebag Till the End – Video

After a loooong, drawn out fight.  The Senate  finally cleared the way for final action on removing DADT with a 63-33 vote.  The test vote all but guarantees the legislation will pass the Senate, possibly by day’s end, and reach the president’s desk before the new year.

In the end, six GOP senators broke with their party in favor of repeal. Republicans supporting the bill were Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Olympia Snowe of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, George Voinovich of Ohio, and Mark (gay) Kirk of Illinois

Sen. John McCain led the opposition and cemented his place in history as an extreme homophobe blatantly lying, leaving out facts and twisting statistics. Speaking on the Senate floor minutes before the vote, the Arizona Republican finally acknowledged he didn’t have the votes to stop the bill. He blamed elite liberals with no military experience for pushing their social agenda on troops during wartime. “They will do what is asked of them,” McCain said of service members. “But don’t think there won’t be a great cost.”

While this is a victory for the LGBT Community we must remember that the DADT Repeal was supposed to be easy and would have been if our lobbying groups would have done their jobs over the past two years.  We must not allow them to take credit for this victory but must remember that this drawn out and painful procedure was of their making.

We still have a very long hard road ahead of us.  Let’s celebrate and enjoy this but lets not get too comfortable. 

This was the easy one after all and there are a shitload of John McCains out there.

BREAKING – Pastor "Down-Low" Eddie Long Being Investigated By Feds Over Mortgage Scam

It’s turning out that Atlanta’s pompous. self righteous, anti-gay closet case MegaChurch Pastor Eddie “Down Low” Long who has continued his bleating of “innocence” against charges that he took sexual advantage of four young men now has something else to cry innocence against.  Long and another local megachurch leader, Gary Hawkins, are linked to a questionable mortgage venture that is being investigated by the feds courtesy of CBS Atlanta.

Matrix Capital`s promised to lower people`s mortgages for $1,500 upfront and  thousands of homeowners paid Matrix money, but according to investigators, most of them ended up in bankruptcy and losing their homes

And where did  Matrix Capital front man Fred Lee look for his victims to con?  You got it.  Pastor Down Low’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church where Lee was invited by Bishop as a “professional courtesy” (one con man to another) to use his church facilities.

Brutal Transgender Attack Reported In West Hollywood (Video)

A brutal attack of a 25-year-old transgender person in Los Angeles was caught on surveillance video this morning, showing the suspect putting his shirt on just before knocking the victim to the ground, kicking and and hitting the victim in the head with a bottle, before leaving the victim with bloody, beaten and with  broken jaw.

 Police are searching for two men and three women who can be seen in the video witnessing (or standing by) during the attack.  The assailants were caught right before the attack.   A video surveillance camera at  a marijuana dispensary captured their images right before the attack.

The victims name has not been released but  news reports are identify the victim as a “transgender woman”… who was dressed as a man (?)

 

Texas Pastor George Randall "Randy" Arrested For Trolling Craigslist As An Underage Boy To Blackmail Men Into Having Sex With Him

Pastor George Randall “Randy” Scott, of the Bethel Temple Assembly Of God Church in Bryan, Texas, was arrested Saturday in Houston after returning from a trip to Sweden with his wife.for pretending to be a teenager and troll Craigslist as a 17 year old boy to find men to blackmail to have sex with him. 
According to court documents the incident occurred on November 24, 2009 after the victim and Scott exchanged about 12 e-mails over 2 days.

Eventually the victim agreed to let Randy Scott come to his house but,

“When the person showed up, it was an older man. The man told him that he was the stepfather of the person the victim had been emailing. The subject said that he is protective of his stepson and has set up his stepson’s email to forward him all of the emails that they have been exchanging. The victim said that the man told him that he is going to call the Police unless the victim pleasured him sexually,” court documents stated.

Of course the bible thumping hypocrite “christians” at Bethel Temple Assembly Of God Church are offering their prayers and support for the Scott family

BREAKING NEWS! : Ninth Circuit Court Grants STAY Of Prop 8 Overturn Pending Appeal – OMFG!

Even after Protect Marriages piece of crap appeal the Ninth Circut has gratnted the Stay amd same sec marriage WILL NOT return to California until (hopefully) after the appeal.

Filed order (EDWARD LEAVY, MICHAEL DALY HAWKINS and SIDNEY R. THOMAS) Appellants’ motion for a stay of the district court’s order of August 4, 2010 pending appeal is GRANTED. The court sua sponte orders that this appeal be expedited pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 2. The provisions of Ninth Circuit Rule 31-2.2(a) (pertaining to grants of time extensions) shall not apply to this appeal. This appeal shall be calendared during the week of December 6, 2010, at The James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco, California. The previously established briefing schedule is vacated. The opening brief is now due September 17, 2010. The answering brief is due October 18, 2010. The reply brief is due November 1, 2010. In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal should not be dismissed for lack of Article III standing. See Arizonans For Official English v. Arizona, 520 U.S. 43, 66 (1997). IT IS SO ORDERED. [7441574] (JS)

The Govenor of California wanted the STAY lifted, The Attorney General of California wanted the Stay lifted. 

The ONLY bright side is that in reading the above leaglese it states:  “In addition to any issues appellants wish to raise on appeal, appellants are directed to include in their opening brief a discussion of why this appeal should not be dismissed for lack of Article III standing.”  Which might mean that the 9th Circuit is likely to reject this appeal due to the haters’ lack of standing.