Gay parenting May 23, 2005 6:02 AM
As many of you know, last night was the season premier of "Queer as Folk" and the first two episodes, running together, raised a very interesting question. Melanie and Lindsay are the lesbian couple who has been together for 10 years, but have seperated because of Lindsay's affair with a straight man. Both women have given birth to children by one of their gay friends: Lindsay had Gus by Brian, Melanie had J.R. by Michael. The women have been sharing parenting duties, even though they are seperated. They had been hiding their seperation from their friends until it came out at a surprise party. Now, Michael, who is angry beyond words, wants to get joint custody of J.R. so that he and his husband, Ben, can raise her. He has even gone so far as to hire a lawyer to plead their case. He doesn't think that his daughter can get a proper rearing in a divided household with two "single mothers".
My question is this: Do you think that Michael has the right to joint custody? He is the biological father, but he and Melanie are not married. And how would this effect the children? Both are by different fathers. This could get very messy in the real world Iif it hasn't already). I was just wondering what the opinion of our general population is.
I'd love to hear what my fellow gays think of this situation.
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