If you are a parent, I want you to imagine this scenario:
You come home from work one day and your children are gone. There is no sign of them anywhere. You call their cell phone and immediately hear it ringing in their bedroom. Panic sets in like a huge icy wave. You have no idea where they are, if they are safe, or if you will ever see them again.
Paralyzed by fear, you contact the police and beg them to help you find them. They tell you they can't help you. YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. Think this is unrealistic? THINK AGAIN. This is exactly what can happen to you if you have children in a same-sex relationship and you are not the biological parent. The 'bio' parent can keep your children from you permanently -- LEGALLY. AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!
It doesn't matter if the reason your children were taken was because the other parent is angry with you. It doesn't matter if you have been in your children's life since birth. It doesn't matter if you are an exceptional parent. NONE OF THAT MATTERS. In the eyes of the law, you are not entitled to be in your children's lives if the 'bio' parent doesn't want you to be. PERIOD. You can get a lawyer and take the matter to court, but the outcome is determined by where you live and the judge you get. There are very few laws in place that protect the non-biological parents' relationships with their children. Our society is changing rapidly, but the laws have not. I say it's time to change these laws.
While most gay rights groups are focusing on equality in the area of marriage, our children are being overlooked. We need to have laws in place to maintain the relationships between these children and the non-biological parents in case of seperation/divorce. Currently, laws that protect the non-biological parent vary from state-to-state, or simply don't exist at all. There needs to be a universal law that defines the rights of BOTH PARENTS in these types of families to remain in the children's lives.
Let's change the laws to protect our kids so they can no longer be used as pawns to punish the other parent and send a message to these 'bio' parents that our children are not posessions, they are blessings, AND WE DESERVE TO SHARE OUR LIVES WITH OUR KIDS TOO!!
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