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Georgia Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Exposing Children To Their Father’s Gay Friends

Jim Burroway

June 15th, 2009

The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a lower court’s order banning children from being “exposed” to their father’s gay partner and friends. Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher Edwards issued the ruling as part of the 2007 divorce of Eric Duane Mongerson and Sandy Kay Ehlers Mongerson, who had been married 21 years and had four children. The judge’s visitation order prohibited the three youngest children, aged 8 to 16 at the time, from being in contact with their father’s gay and lesbians friends. The state’s high court threw out that visitation order:

“Such an arbitrary classification based on sexual orientation flies in the face of our public policy that encourages divorced parents to participate in the raising of their children,” Justice Robert Benham wrote.

The Fayette County judge’s prohibition “assumes, without evidentiary support, that the children will suffer harm from any such contact,” Benham wrote. But there is no evidence that any member of the gay and lesbian community has engaged in inappropriate conduct in the presence of the children or that the children would be adversely affected by being exposed to members of that community, he said.

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Leonard Drake
June 15th, 2009 | LINK

Any comment on whether this ruling is applicable to just this particular family or to all same-sex couples in Georgia?

Bruno
June 15th, 2009 | LINK

@Leonard Drake: It’s just applicable to this case but it obviously sets a precedent.

Wow, just wow. I’d know idea this was even occurring to begin with.

SharonB
June 16th, 2009 | LINK

Amazingly coherent and reasonable. In Gaga, no less.

Time for the Focus on the Family band to strike up that olde favourite, “The World Turned Upside Down.” They may then turn over their “Brown Besses” and sail home.

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