He who must not be named has an entry up linking to a story about a Christian ™ woman who is now “ex-gay” and wants to deny her former partner visitation rights to their child.
Naturally, he makes a snide question “But oxymoronic “same sex marriage” won’t have any impact on us, will it?”
The question implies that marriage equality will introduce a new condition to marriage. That of former marriage partners using the children to get back at and punish the other parent by withholding the child from them. Which would indeed be a terrible consequence.
Imagine! What a terrible world it would be if heterosexual divorcees started using their children against their former partners!
Of course, what HWMNBN fails to point out is that it is the newly-minted “heterosexual” parent who is using the child as a pawn.
Another question not asked by our intrepid nameless one’s commentary is, why is visiting the still-gay parent suddenly causing nightmares and behavior disruption? Is this something that never happens to children of heterosexual couples who divorce? Does the irrevocable dissolution of a family never cause anxiety and distress in the six-year-old children of heterosexual divorcees? Or is it that the methods and skills for helping them through it are not expected to work if the parents are homosexual?
The WND article caused me to ask some questions as well. The article makes a big deal about how the couple was never married. It appears that they had a civil union. Apparently, the WND believes that a civil union is not enough to legitimate a parent-child relationship.
So what ever happened to the idea that we don’t need marriage equality because gay people have civil unions, and civil unions are just as good? I must have a different definition of “separate but equal” than your average fundy.
One thing they DON'T say is whether or not the non-custodial, visitation-seeking parent is up-to-date on her child-support payments...
And remember....these are the same people who also consider the rights of heterosexual women to be "separate but equal". You know, just a little less equal than men:
(Hat Tip: Pharyngula)