>Back2Stonewall reports that the Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a same-sex parent is not a parent.
"Today, the Ohio Supreme Court held in a 4-3 decision that, despite all of the evidence of co-parenting, the trial court did not err in deciding that Kelly did not agree to permanently share custody with Michele. The Court based its decision primarily on two factors: first, the documents in which Kelly named Michele as her co-parent were revocable; and second, the Court found that the term "co-parent" did not indicate a desire to share permanent custody."
Thus, a "parent" is not permanently a "parent," at least when it comes to this same-sex couple.
The decision, In re Mullen (Slip Opinion No. 2011-Ohio-3361) negates the written document created by Kelly Mullen, naming Michele Hobbs as co-parent. According to the press release from Equality Ohio, "Although Ohio law allows for shared permanent custody without explicitly requiring a written agreement, the Court's decision today effectively makes such an agreement a requirement in the event of a breakup of same-sex couples in Ohio."
A dissenting opinion by Justice Paul Pfiefer stated:
"The law has not caught up to our culture, and this court has failed to craft a rule that addresses reality. . . . A maternal relationship existed between [Michele] and Lucy. [Kelly] taught her daughter to call another woman 'Momma' and to love her as a mother. She now wishes she hadn't, and for the majority, that's enough. It shouldn't be."
The background story can be found at CityBeat.