Divorced Mother Not Allowed To Have Lesbian Partner And Children Sleep Over At The Same Time

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A divorced mother in Tennessee has been told by a family court that her lesbian partner is not allowed to sleep over on the same nights that her children come to stay at her house.

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Angel Chandler's partner, who has been with Ms. Chandler for nearly 10 years, was given a "paramour" restriction by the family court, despite the fact that a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation deemed Ms. Chandler's partner to be "a positive influence on her children." According to Jeanne Sager of Strollerderby, "The ACLU has stepped into the fray, filing a brief this week that urges the court to remove the paramour restriction, calling it unconstitutional for interfering with Chandler's abilities to raise her children as she sees fit."

For now, Chandler and her partner are getting around the ruling by living side-by-side in a duplex, though the sad fact remains that the State of Tennessee seems to be making a point here as to what they consider to be "family"— Chandler's ex-husband, Joseph Barker, remarried 5 years ago; there are no restrictions on him or his new wife.

Court Bans Divorced Mom's Partner From Sleeping Over[Strollerderby]

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sarah-of-a-lesser-god--aka-mr-old
sarah.of.a.lesser.god (aka Mrs. BrutallyHonestHobbit)

I wish I could say I was shocked by this kind of bullshit "reasoning" but I'm not. I can't wait to see Milk this afternoon, but I know when the credits roll I'll be left with frustration that more progress hasn't been made in the struggle for gay and lesbian rights since Harvey Milk's death. I am not discounting the very real gains that have been made but shit like this makes it hard for me to be optimistic.