March 29, 2006
Maryland Court Allows Gay Father to Reunite with Partner – Retain Custody of Teenager
A Montgomery County, Maryland county judge ruled Monday that a gay father could cohabit with his gay partner and continue with custody of his teenage son. A Virginia court had ruled in 2002 that the father could not cohabit with his gay partner and continue with custody of the child. After the Virginia ruling, the father’s partner had moved out of the household and then both the partner and the father moved to Maryland. University of Baltimore law professor Jane Murphy is quoted by the Baltimore Sun as observing that "The rule as it has evolved in Maryland is that that kind of arrangement is not automatically ruled out. You would have to show a nexus between the father's living arrangement and harm to the child." Source: Andrea F. Siegel, Nia-Malika Henderson, Baltimore Sun, baltimoresun.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited March 29, 2006, reo).
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