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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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Disney to pull Boy Scouts funding by 2015 over policy banning gay leaders

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This is a cross-post thanks to our wonderful friend Anomaly from FreakOutNation - on Twitter as @anomaly100.

The Walt Disney Company has fabulously given notice to the Boy Scouts of America, stating that it will pull all funding to the group beginning in 2015 due to a BSA membership policy that bans gay leaders, the entertainment company announced on Friday.

My Fox 8 reports, “Disney does not give money directly to the national organization or local BSA councils. However, through its VoluntEARS program, Disney allows employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the charities of their choice.”

Those employees who take part in the VoluntEARS program will no longer be allowed to submit the funds to the Boy Scouts, according to the organization.

However, the new policy will not affect Walt Disney employees who volunteer with the Scouts.

BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement, “We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience, and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids. America’s youth need Scouting, and by continuing to focus on the goals that unite us, we continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve.”

Via My Fox 8:

According to Disney’s charitable giving guidelines, groups become ineligible to receive Disney funding if they “discriminate in the provision of services unlawfully or in a manner inconsistent with Disney’s policies on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, mental or physical ability, or sexual orientation.”

Disney would not divulge its formula for converting volunteer hours to dollars, but a chart on Disney’s corporate website shows that in 2010, employees raised $4.8 million via 548,000 volunteer hours, which works out to $8.79 an hour.

Disney’s decision carries a lot of weight. I wonder how many Republican congressman will volunteer to raise funds for the organization.

H/T: Equal rights guy @ComgenKDT who you can follow on Twitter here. 

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