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In Texas, Biological Fathers Denied Rights Because They're Gay And Married

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Gay Fathers Legally married in Massachusetts, a gay couple who are biological fathers of their two newborn twin boys are not allowed to adopt each others child to complete their family as a legal unit. And the reason, according to a Texas judge, is that these two men are married.

Confused? It only gets tougher to understand, but here goes. From Advocate.com:

Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs, who married in Massachussetts and now live in northern Texas, worked with a surrogate mother and an egg donor, allowing them to each father one of their twin sons, making the babies biological half-brothers. Not only did a family court judge decide that each cannot adopt the other’s child, but the judge also said the biological fathers cannot be listed on their children's birth certificate, reports David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement.

All of this despite Hanna and Riggs proving they're the biological fathers via court ordered DNA tests.

Picking up on this from RAW STORY:

“On one hand, it’s a little scary because as of right now, we don’t have full parental rights of our own biological children,” Hanna told KDFW “Actually, I think that’s what surprised me the most was a family court,” Riggs noted. “I guess I expected them to be looking out for the best interest of our kids, and I felt we walked out that day and it wasn’t in the best interest of our kids.”

This comes despite a February 26th decision handed down in Federal Court:

U.S. Judge Orlando Garcia issued an injunction barring Texas from enforcing a law and constitutional amendment that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and ban the state from recognizing same-sex marriages that were legally performed in other states.

Fortunately, these two young infants haven't been taken away from their natural fathers yet. But maybe that's just a matter of time. After all, this is Texas.  There are no guarantees. And while this Texas judge may have the letter of the law stuck up his/her craw, four lives are in limbo right now.

So this, it seems, it Texas justice.

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Cartoons of the Day- No Tea Party Rage Over Canadian American Ted Cruz?

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Canada-born Ted Cruz is a citizen of that country as well as U.S.

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My sister has dual citzenship having been born in Ireland, and my brother and I obtained Irish passports a few years ago because our mother and grandmother were born there. None of us is running for President (sadly), but I would expect the Baggers to get all huffy about "where his loyalties lay". Doubt it will happen though. Some great tweets on this here.

WASHINGTON — Born in Canada to an American mother, Ted Cruz became an instant U.S. citizen. But under Canadian law, he also became a citizen of that country the moment he was born.

Unless the Texas Republican senator formally renounces that citizenship, he will remain a citizen of both countries, legal experts say.

That means he could assert the right to vote in Canada or even run for Parliament. On a lunch break from the U.S. Senate, he could head to the nearby embassy — the one flying a bright red maple leaf flag — pull out his Calgary, Alberta, birth certificate and obtain a passport.

“He’s a Canadian,” said Toronto lawyer Stephen Green, past chairman of the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section.

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Video- Donald Trump Now A Ted Cruz Birther?

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Bring on the popcorn, the Comb Over King is back!! Via.

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