Most gay rights activists say they?re simply working for ?equal rights.? But two recent court cases demonstrate that, whether they realize it or not, they?re really working for something quite different.
The first case concerns Cheryl Clark, a former lesbian, now a Christian. Clark?s former partner, Elsey McLeod, sued for joint custody of Clark?s adopted daughter after Clark left their relationship. The judge ruled in McLeod?s favor on the grounds that she had been a ?psychological parent.? As Clark?s lawyer, James Rouse, stated, McLeod ?is being treated like a divorcing spouse even though they aren?t and can?t be married in the state of Colorado. The trial court has effectively skipped the ?gay marriage? issue and gone to ?gay divorce.??
And that?s not all. At McLeod?s request, the court also barred Clark from exposing her daughter to any Christian materials or teaching ?that can be considered homophobic.? So Clark could be found in contempt of court for studying the Bible with her daughter or taking her to church. Fortunately, Clark is appealing this outrageous decision.
The second case is equally bizarre. After David Blanchflower divorced his wife, Sian, because of adultery, Sian appealed the case, arguing that her lesbian relationship wasn?t adultery. The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled in her favor, finding that the state?s laws didn?t include same-sex relationships in the definition of adultery.
Even gay activists are upset about this one, arguing that it portrays homosexual relationships as less ?significant.? One advocacy group wrote in a ?friend of the court? brief, ? New Hampshire courts should treat gay adultery the same no matter the gender of the person with whom the spouse engages in an extramarital relationship.?