Lesbian Parents In Texas May Be Forced To Move Apart Because They Can’t Legally Marry
Page Price and Carolyn Compton are a pair of moms living in Texas. They have been together for three years and are raising two children that Compton had with her ex-husband. But the couple may be forced by a court to move apart due to a “morality clause” in Compton’s custody agreement with her ex that said no sexytimes overnight guests could sleep at the home — and the longtime, cohabitating couple are not legally allowed to marry by Texas law.
At a May 7 custody ruling, Judge John R. Roach of Texas enforced the “morality clause,” which says that anyone Compton is dating cannot be at her home beyond 9 p.m. in the evening. The judge’s ruling said Page Price had 30 days to move out — or Compton must give up custody.
Several aspects of this story are messed up, not the least of which is that two people who love each other are legally barred from marriage. Additionally, I concur with the couple’s lawyer that “it will be disruptive to the family and has the potential of being harmful to the children” if their mom’s partner is forcefully removed from the home. Doesn’t the state of Texas know that kids thrive off continuity and structure?
An attorney for Compton’s ex-husband (who was arrested for third-degree felony stalking in 2011) said they weren’t targeting the ex-wife because she’s now in a lesbian relationship, claiming, “We would have done the same thing if it were some guy that had moved in.” Uh huh. Right. Sure. Homophobia has nothing to do with it.
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