Controversial expert witness raises specter of homophobia in decision
Source: Gay City News [Link]
The Mississippi Court of Appeals voted 8-1 to uphold a decision by the Rankin County Chancery Court to transfer custody of two young girls from their lesbian mother to their father. The February 1 decision was premised almost entirely on the “exposure” of the girls to their mother’s “lesbian lifestyle,” and the opinion of an “expert witness” that this would have a detrimental effect on the mental health of the girls. Since testifying in this case, the “expert” has had his license revoked by a state regulatory agency, but there is no indication in the court’s opinion that this was brought to their attention.
U.S. conservatives funding opposition to marriage in Canada
Source: Globe & Mail [Link]
U.S. conservative groups Focus on the Family and the Knights of Columbus are reportedly spending the big bucks in Canada trying to persuade legislators there not to approve a federal law allowing same-sex marriage. Most provinces already have such laws. Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler says those groups have a right to make their views known and there is no legal avenue to stop them, but that he hopes a U.S.-style lobbying atmosphere doesn't take hold. "I just would like to maintain the integrity of the Canadian political culture."
Alan Keyes' Daughter A Big Ol' Dyke
Source: Washington Blade [Link]
You may recall the speculation we shared with you that homophobe Alan Keyes, who called Mary Cheney a "selfish hedonist" for being lesbian, had a lesbian daughter himself. Now Maya Keyes has been announced as the headliner for Equality Maryland's lobbying event in the state capital on Valentine's Day. Keyes, who said nothing amid all the talk during her father's Senate campaign, describes herself as a "young queer anarchist." Interestingly, she spent a year in the south of India where she worked with a tribal rights group and plans to attend Brown University this fall.