True Marriage Equality

When same-sex marriage became legal, partners finally achieved the right to marry under the law.

With this advancement in marriage in our country comes the right to dissolve marriages, too, and all the ugliness that can accompany it. According to this article, a Tucson mom tried to deny parenting time to her former partner, insisting that since they weren’t both biological parents, the other parent had no legal rights.

Well, be careful what you ask for, right? You can’t have it both ways! The right to marry means the same rights come when a marriage ends, and that includes dividing parenting time and responsibilities among the child’s parents – biological or otherwise.

Frankly, this flies in the face of everything people have been fighting for in the area of same-sex marriage. You can’t pick and choose. All rights, or no rights, right?

Here is an example of a parent trying to manipulate the law to suit her emotions, rather than advocating for full and equal coverage in all realms.

How often do we manipulate the law or a situation to our benefit and ultimately hurt our children in the process?

I wish people would realize that it really does take a village to raise children. Can a child ever have too many people who love and care about him or her?

In this case, the mom wasn’t alleging that the other mom was a bad mom, a drug addict, or in any way irresponsible. The battled has raged for five years, and it’s really a result of selfishness and hurt, not logic or law.

Of course, we don’t know the underlying details, but I do know that every day people try to manipulate the law to make it work for their own benefit. And yet, when we are equally advocating to change the law to give equal access to all people, we can’t then argue out of the other side of our mouths, trying to shut down the same laws because our feelings were hurt.

Equality is equality.

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