Naturally, one of the best parts about being lesbian is the special powers we have. One of my favorite special powers of lesbianhood is the power to DESTROY CHRISTIAN FAMILIES. Just this weekend, my wife and I threatened the marriage of the people next door when I brought her coffee in bed, and when we cuddled on the couch watching a rerun of "Larry Sanders" we knew that the lady down the street was about to file divorce papers, so to get her to do it on Monday, I gave my wife and extra kiss before we settled into our most important Object of Mass Marriage Destruction: our bed. Quite satisfying.
Lesbians don't rely on Christians to destroy our families. We do a good enough job on each other.
Family law in California is most made by Superior Court judges in each county, unless the legislature does something drastic and political. So for many years Superior Court judges have quietly been granting "second-parent adoptions." This means that a so-called "natural parent" does not give up her parental rights when her child is adopted by another person to whom she is not yet married. This second person is often a same-sex "life partner" and sometimes it is a grandparent of the child, or another loving family member.
According to this story in the Mercury today, the practice of second parent adoption is being challenge by, of course, a lesbian birth mother who broke up with the parent of her children and decided that the second-parent adoption granted to her by family court several years ago is unconstitutional and should be overturned.
Many people who haven't been through this don't know that a casualty of the lesbian baby boom of the 80s were thousands of "non-bio-moms" who parented children and then were toss out of the family with less thought than a babysitter when the romatic relationships between the parents ended. Second-parent adoptions are often the only recourse lesbians have to keeping any relationship with their children at all. One of the rights that lesbians still desparately need is recourse to family court when our relationships end.
According to the story, the 4th District (San Diego) found that there is no law in California that allows someone to adopt a child unless the child's "natural" parent gives up her parental rights. How screwed up is that? Instead of finding that more parents with legal responsiblities for children is better, it finds that kids only get the parents they were born from, and no more.
How can this possibly be right? How can a few thousand lesbians adopting each others children "offend the state's strong public interest in promoting marriage" while millions of children waste away in group homes and foster care. It is simply too tragic.
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