Monday, December 29, 2008

Catching up

Ah the weather outside is frightful...actually it isn't. 70+ days for the last week or two has been nice but odd. I know I'm a southern girl but even I expect a slight chill on Christmas day. Speaking of Christmas day, it was nice. We woke up early due to the doggie more than anything. She "graciously" allowed me to open one present the night before so my goodie bag meter was pegged.

I find that I get more enjoyment out of watching others go ape shit over what I got them than jumping up and down over what I got. Weird.

We spent the remainder of the day chilling in pj's in between taking naps and trying out her new expresso machine. Four days later thats still the best gift I could have bought her, she absolutely loves it and grins everytime it

Nice weekend ya'll...and when I say nice I'm talking take a picture and hide that thingy nice.

So I wake up today and make it to what pays for the bread and butter I consume, jumped on twitter and was greeted by this...

Divorced Tenn. mother appeals night ban on partnerAssociated PressMonday Dec 29, 2008A same-sex couple is asking the Tennessee Court of Appeals to lift a judge’s restriction in a child custody agreement that prevents the divorced mother’s partner of nine years from staying overnight.

The Tennessean reports The American Civil Liberties Union filed a brief Tuesday with the Court of Appeals in Jackson on behalf of Angel Chandler, a divorced mother with two kids.Chandler said Chancellor George Ellis of the 28th Judicial District in West Tennessee imposed the restriction, called a paramour clause, in May without a request from her ex-husband and despite an evaluation that showed the children were not in harm’s way from their mother’s relationship. Ellis cited local law and precedent for the paramour clause, according to the appeal.

"This decision has been disruptive to our family," Chandler said. "We lived together in a stable, functioning family, and this was rather shocking to all of us. This is about the person we choose to be with. The judge decided to interfere, and it’s had a very negative affect in our lives."

After Ellis imposed the restriction, Chandler’s partner moved into a duplex near Asheville, N.C. Chandler and her daughter, now 13, moved into the opposite side of the same duplex. Chandler’s ex-husband has custody of their 15-year-old son and has remarried.ACLU spokesman Paul Cates said the clause primarily affects lesbians and gays with children because same-sex civil unions are not recognized in Tennessee. Heterosexual couples can circumvent the paramour clause by getting married, Cates said.

"Unfortunately, this case is an all-too-familiar example of how unfairly lesbian and gay parents are treated in custody and visitation proceedings," said Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the ACLU of Tennessee. "All the children’s health and welfare organizations have long recognized that lesbian and gay parents are just as capable of being good parents as straight couples, and their children are just as well adjusted."We’re hopeful the Tennessee courts will come to that realization, too."

Now if that aint some good morning BS I don't know what is. Out of the goodness of his "christian" heart the judge decided to intervene in a situation that from all intent and purposes needed no intervention. This is why you should have gotten out of your comfy seat and voted on November 4th!! Slowly but surely every inch of ground won will be slowly lost due to apathy.

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