A Bunch Of Republican Lawyers Are Trying To Screw Up A Gay Couple's Divorce
Let these ladies get divorced in peace!
Now that marriage is legalized throughout America, some gays are going to end up getting divorced, too. You know, because gays are people? And sometimes that's how life works? It's just a thing that happens!
Now, some Republican lawmakers are using gay divorce as a way of attempting to invalidate gay marriage. The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) is now representing 53 GOPers who are trying to intervene on a gay couple's divorce in the hopes of disrupting further gay marriages and taking away more rights from LGBTs.
The case started over custody disputes between Sabrina Renae Witt and Erica Christine Witt. More specifically, from The Tennessean: "Knox County Circuit Court Judge Greg McMillan ruled in June that Erica Witt has no legal rights under Tennessee law to involvement with a daughter born to Sabrina Witt through artificial insemination, as reported by the News Sentinel at the time. The couple were legally married in Washington, D.C., in April 2014, when same-sex marriage was prohibited in Tennessee. There is still no state law on the books authorizing same-sex marriages, but they were validated by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year."
FACT is essentially trying to destabalize the state-level applicaiton of the Supreme Court's important pro-gay decision by limiting divorce to heterosexual couples. FACT's executive director, David Fowler, is leading the attempts to disrupt the proceedings. "[The 53 GOP lawmakers] are defending the will of the people," he said. "They understand the importance of this case constitutionally. This is not a case involving the policy that should be applicable in situations such as this. Rather, this case involves a very important constitutional question: Does the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision authorize judges to determine for state legislative bodies what policies it must have relative to custody issues in divorce proceedings? If it does, then matters of family law, which have historically been within the constitutional powers of the states to determine, will have essentially been judicially taken from the states and placed in the hands of federal judges.”
Fowler is a noted homophobe who has been fighting the Obergefell ruling since it became law. According to Towleroad: "In 2013, he argued that same-sex marriage needed to be stopped to protect children from humiliation ... He [also] filed two lawsuits in separate counties to try and prevent Tennessee from complying with the ruling."
Anyway, these Republicans need to get a life and let these ladies get divorced in peace.