Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in the Georgia Supreme Court on February 18, arguing that an antigay restriction in a custody arrangement should not stand.
The case involves openly gay Eric Mongerson, who is disputing a child custody agreement restriction that prohibits him from “exposing his children to his homosexual partners and friends.” Lambda Legal argues that restrictions on custody arrangements should not be determined based on sexual orientation and that no evidence exists that contact with gay acquaintances of their father is harmful.
“The Court should do what it always does in divorce cases with custody issues, which is to focus on the needs of the children. Placing a blanket ban on ‘exposure’ to gay people hardly helps a gay dad maintain his relationship with his children,” said Beth Littrell, a staff attorney in Lambda Legal’s southern regional office based in Atlanta. “What the ban does do is perpetuate prejudice and stigma against an entire group of people based solely on their sexual orientation, and that is just plain wrong.” – by Nancy Ford