State Appeals Court Says Gay Dad Must Hide Lifestyle

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State Appeals Court Says Gay Dad Must Hide Lifestyle
January 8, 2004

NASHVILLE (AP) -- A state appeals court says a gay father must keep his
homosexuality in the closet when his son is around.

But the state Court of Appeals says it was wrong for a lower court to send
Joseph Randolph Hogue to jail for simply telling the boy he was gay.

As part of a divorce hearing, Hogue was barred from "exposing the child to
his gay lovers and, or his gay lifestyle."

Hogue claimed it was an illegal and overly broad restraining order.

The appeals court says it found nothing wrong with the lower court shielding
the child from the gay influences.

But the court did agree with Hogue that the order didn't specifically ban
the father from telling his son about his sexual orientation.


What do you guys think about THAT?

niks121997's picture

Two Steps Back

Ah lovely anger. So the courts can ban you from being who you are around your children? Gay influences??? If I was thinking coherently I would form an articulate response, but for now all I have to say is wtf? I'll have an articulate answer later I swear.
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

adbak's picture

I thought it was just the military

I thought it was just the military where you had to shield your homosexuality from others.

What is the judge thinking?! How long has it been since the American Psychological Association took homosexuality out of the DSM (the so-called bible for psychologists)? It's no longer a disease, Your Honor. It never was. Homosexuality is not contagious. Homophobia is. Apparently the judge was bitten by that bug. Let's cure him.

I also sincerely hope that the father of the son appeals this decision further. This is not justice.

Dan84's picture

More evidence that...

More evidence that the world is absurd, Catch-22 style. This isn't a Catch-22,
but anybody who's read that book will understand how this is another sign of
the usual absurdity that can be found anywhere (and especially in that book).
This is right up there with the the governator of California saying that gay
marriage should be a relationship between a man and a woman. Someone should
send that judge a copy of that Onion article about gay conversion that was
posted here recently...or maybe not. He could have trouble differentiating
reality from...the opposite of reality.

RoaG's picture


words can express how appalling...

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