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The Right to Be ParentsLGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood$
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Carlos A. Ball

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814739303

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814739303.001.0001

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(p.59) 2 Fathers Come out of the Closet

(p.59) 2 Fathers Come out of the Closet

(p.59) 2 Fathers Come out of the Closet
The Right to Be Parents

Carlos A. Ball

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on gay fathers fighting for the custody of their children in the courts. It begins by looking at early gay father cases dealing with visitation rights and child custody, at a time when it was still relatively unusual for fathers to be awarded custody following a divorce. It then considers the weight that courts have given to the refusal by parents to choose between being open about their same-sex sexual orientation and maintaining their relationships with their children. It also highlights the legal difficulties faced by openly gay fathers battling to win custody of their children and concludes by profiling more recent visitation rights cases pitting gay dads against their former wives.

Keywords:   gay fathers, courts, visitation rights, child custody, sexual orientation, children, divorce

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