Monday, November 01, 2010

Good news and bad news for lesbian mom Janet Jenkins

First the good news:

The Vermont supreme court has unanimously granted custody to a lesbian who has been battling to become the guardian of the young girl she and her former partner raised together.

The ruling is in favor of Vermont resident Janet Jenkins, affirming a 2009 court order giving her sole physical and legal custody of Isabella Miller-Jenkins. Lisa Miller, Jenkins's former partner, is still missing with their 8-year-old daughter, according to Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, which argued on Jenkins's behalf before the supreme court.

Now the bad news. Little Isabella and Lisa Miller are still missing. Miller kidnapped Isabella instead of facing the music and to this day, no one knows where the two are.

So tonight, those who us who pray, while we are asking God for sanity in the mid-terms tomorrow, let's not forget to send up a shout out to our sister Janet that she be reunited with her daughter.

Related posts:

Arrest ordered for Lisa Miller - it's about time

Isn't it a shame when the kidnappers of children get no respect?

Janet Jenkins/Lisa Miller case gets Nightline treatment

FRC's Peter Sprigg voices support for kidnapping of child in custody case

Liberty Counsel attacking lgbt parenting again but won't comment on Jenkins/Miller case

Washington Post columnist: Lisa Miller needs to come out of hiding and face her chaos

Janet Jenkins pleads for help in finding her daughter

Janet Jenkins/Lisa Miller custody case still not resolved despite judge's orders

Jenkins gets full custody

Lesbian mother wins custody case against 'ex-gay' former partner

Stop misrepresenting the Lisa Miller/Janet Jenkins custody case

Liberty Counsel uses bad logic to deny lesbian the right to see her child

Mrs. Kramer Vs. Mrs. Kramer


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My thoughts on the mid-term elections and other Monday midday news briefs

Well tomorrow is the midterm elections and by many accounts, it ain't gonna be pretty. The armchair quarterbacks have already started throwing their passes, or rather their dodgeballs at President Obama.

Some have called him too willing to veer to the left, and thereby scaring voters. Some have called him too timid, thereby disheartening his base.

I personally am in the corner of those in the black community, who for some reason, haven't been talked to by the media throughout the majority of Obama's first two years. In other words, you really didn't think there wouldn't be some type of backlash to the election to the first black man to the office of the Presidency did you?

Granted, I'm not basing all of Obama's problems on this but I have a problem with the tendency of the pundits to downplay this.  One cannot ignore the influence of Fox News with their Iagoistic implying and inferring that Obama is a "socialist" or that "he wants to destroy the United States" or that he is the "dangerous other." That, combined with their unbelievable promotion of the tea party (I have never seen a true grassroots movement get such intense network promotion), aiding Breitbart in undermining Obama, the constant showcasing of phony racial issues (New Black Panther Party, anyone), unabashed promotion of Republican candidates, not to mention that awful Supreme Court ruling which led to an assload of money infused in this campaign (which in turn pumped up the tea party movement as well as many hidden anti-Obama efforts) all added up to an advantage that Superman himself couldn't overcome.

To those who claim that I am playing the race card, I like to cite that fable of the lion and man walking down the road and arguing whether men or lions are more superior. They came upon a statue of a man strangling a lion, causing the man to say ,"See this proves my point. Men are stronger than lions."

The lion simply looked at him and said "That doesn't prove anything except for the fact that lions don't make statues."

It's all about perception folks and who controls that perception. To the majority of white commentators, when they hear things said about Obama such as "he wants to give money away to people who don't work." or when Rush Limbaugh consistently calls him a "man-child," which is the same to me as using the racial slur of "boy" only in more esoteric terms, they don't get what the African-American community gets. We have heard all of it before, not about Obama, but about ourselves. But of course no one is going to talk to us about how we see this situation. And if by chance our comments are gauged, they will be dismissed as us "playing the race card."

I think that in spite of it all, Obama has done a lot of good things and it's unfortunate that should this election turn out as a sort of referendum on him, it would be something that he doesn't deserve. Seems to me that in spite of all the criticisms of Obama, if he had all of these folks working hard against him from day one, he is obviously doing something right, or for the lack of a better phrase, scaring the right people.

Oh well, time passes on. Like the gospel song says, this too will pass. The ending of this story has already been written. The challenge is to see what happens next.

But enough harping. On to news briefs:

Ugandan Tabloid Resumes Anti-Gay Vigilante Campaign - Well this isn't good. It's been a stinky day all around and it's not even 1 p.m. yet.

NC: Local safe schools advocates push for anti-gay incumbent ouster - But not a totally bad day.

St. George school board race targets gay-straight clubs - Oh sure. Pick on lgbt children.

Assistant AG Shirvell's anti-gay rants could cost him license - Too bad. So sad.

My views on sex ed aren't anti-gay - Oh no. You just think that only gays have anal sex and all the sex gays have is anal. Of course that's not anti-gay (eyes rolling.)

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Pastor of mega church comes out of the closet

No, it's not Eddie Long. Bet you wish it were though. Still, one has to admire Pastor Swilley's courage:

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