A gay Maryland father who was forced to choose between custody of his son and living with his male partner has won court permission to reunite the household.
On Monday, a Montgomery County judge ended the four-year-old cohabitation ban set in place by an Alexandria, Va., court. The 2002 ruling awarded custody to the father, contingent upon his partner moving out. The couple moved to Maryland, which is considered friendlier to same-sex couples.
I can’t even imagine how a judge could have handed down the original ruling. I guess that legally speaking, it was the correct ruling, but something needs to be done about the law that allows this. How can a law limit custodial rights based on a parent’s cohabitation choices? Without proving that there is some sort of harm, who a parent lives with should never even enter the discussion. Living in a normal area, I sometimes forget that there are things like this in other places.
• The Times has an article posted highlighting what former FISA judges have to say about the NSA program. I think their comments are interesting, but there is no way that anything will ever happen to Bush. The Republicans are too afraid to hold him accountable for breaking the law. I do believe that something will be passed, probably Specter’s bill, to give this program some sort of oversight. It’s interesting that Congress is calling for oversight, yet thinks that the program is legal. If it was legal before, why does it need to be changed?
I’m not knocking the oversight proposal, because it is a great step. There needs to be safeguards in place to make sure that the program can not be abused. I just wish that the law would be upheld here, even if that means actions against the president. To me, this is just another example of why the Republicans cannot be trusted to uphold our laws.
• Though it has taken a few years, Americans are finally realizing the truth about the Republican Party. Every single poll has Democrats in the lead when it comes to Congress. After so many years of Republican screw ups and scandals, Americans are finally ready for a change. This gift that Republicans handed Democrats may not be enough, so Democrats really need to get out their platform.
WASHINGTON - Eyeing House and Senate elections this fall, Democrats are stepping up their effort to cut into the public perception that Republicans are stronger on national security.
Congressional Democrats vow to provide U.S. agents with the resources to hunt down Osama bin Laden and ensure a "responsible redeployment of U.S. forces" from Iraq in 2006 in a national security policy statement House and Senate Democratic leaders were announcing Wednesday.
"We need a new direction on national security, and leaders with policies that are tough and smart. That is what Democrats offer," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said in remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday.
It’s nice to see Democrats actually getting out and speaking about their ideas. The best part of the article though, would be:
"I trust in the common sense of the American people to see these efforts for what they are: misguided political attacks that are simply a bob-and-weave effort by those who have no real solutions or proposals of their own," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said.
Only a Republican would think that Americans are stupid enough to believe a political attack which accuses others of committing a political attack. Note to Republicans: Actually wanting to protect our national security is not a political attack. It’s actually one of the most important issues in the country.