Unconscionable, unAmerican and unChristian

Unconscionable, unAmerican and unChristian May 18, 2013

Have you seen this headline?

Texas Judge Forbids Lesbian Woman From Living With Her Partner

Have you read the story (quoted in full below) written by By Ian Millhiser of ThinkProgress?

Carolyn Compton is in a three year-old relationship with a woman. According to Compton’s partner Page Price, Compton’s ex-husband rarely sees their two children and was also once charged with stalking Compton, a felony, although he eventually plead to a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespassing.

And yet, thanks to a Texas judge, Compton could lose custody of her children because she has the audacity to live with the woman she loves.

According to Price, Judge John Roach, a Republican who presides over a state trial court in McKinney, Texas, placed a so-called “morality clause” in Compton’s divorce papers. This clause forbids Compton having a person that she is not related to “by blood or marriage” at her home past 9pm when her children are present. Since Texas will not allow Compton to marry her partner, this means that she effectively cannot live with her partner so long as she retains custody over her children. Invoking the “morality clause,” Judge Roach gave Price 30 days to move out of Compton’s home.

Compton can appeal Price’s decision, but her appeal will be heard by the notoriously conservative Texas court system. Ultimately, the question of whether Compton’s relationship with Price is entitled to the same dignity accorded to any other loving couple could rest with the United States Supreme Court.

There is no way that the actions of this judge reflect a reasonable or intelligent understanding of sociology.

There is no way that the actions of this judge reflect a legal grasp of the separation of church and state.

There is no way that the actions of this judge reflect the compassionate heart of Christ.

This right here folks is why we must keep working, writing and praying for marriage equality for all.  A state’s right to discriminate should not trump an individual’s right to love.

Liberty and justice for all.

All means all.

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170 responses to “Unconscionable, unAmerican and unChristian”

  1. Today is the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Dr. King once remarked that 11:00 pm on Sunday was the most segregated hour in America. This statement remains true for many churches when it comes to LGBT rights. The judge’s decision is nothing more than or less than an attempt to impose his morality of others. His ruling is unconstitutional because it fails to be “Void of Vagueness”. The so called morality clause is so vague that it could and was used for discriminatory purposes.

  2. Kind of off topic, but no one that isn’t related after 9pm? So…she can’t have friends over late one night? Seems a little invasive.

    • Incredibly invasive but I imagine this same judge would not want the gov to invade his right to own a gun or many other “rights”.

    • I certainly hope folks are. It is hard to understand how a person can harbor such ignorance, fear and loathing can be a sitting rep of a legal system that represents itself as being based on liberty and justice for all.

  3. Unfortunately, in quite a few southern states reason, intelligence, legality and compassion are in short supply. And, they double down on the crazy when LGBT folks are involved. It’s getting harder and harder to tell people I’m a southerner these days.