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Monday, June 03, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Lesbian mom had tough fight for custody"

Today's Indianapolis Star has a long story by Dana Hunsinger Benbow, headed "Mom recounts fight for custody after coming out as lesbian." The flagship Gannett paper, USA Today, also runs the same story, in a more convenient, "unpaged" format. Access it here.

From about 2/3 through the story:

"A person's sexual orientation is not itself relative to custody or visitation," [Camilla Taylor, senior staff attorney and National Marriage Project director with Lambda Legal] said.

Indiana had some court cases in the early days of these custody battles that put it ahead of the nation.

In 1981, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled in a case that homosexuality alone does not make an unfit parent. In 1994, the same court struck down restrictions on the activity of a lesbian mother with her partner. And in 2002, the court overturned a restriction prohibiting an unrelated same-sex person from staying overnight in a custodial parent's home.

More from the story:
[Angela Eden, 43, Anderson] writes ... in her newly released, self-published book, “If You Were Me: The Memoir of a Mother Torn Between What’s Right and What’s Easy.”
The book is available on Amazon.

The ILB does not yet have the cites to the Indiana cases mentioned above.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 3, 2013 09:04 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts