7 thoughts on “Is the Slope Slippery After All?

  1. I’m sorry, are we supposed to see a problem here? A problem with a child having three adults committed to, loving and legally responsible for a child instead of two?

    Do we not already have this in the case of divorce? If a parent remarries, doesn’t the stepparent have some legal recognition as a parent?

    How is this different with the possible exception that there’s no animosity here as in so many divorces?

    If there’s a slope to slip down here, I’m not seeing it.

  2. Fr. Neo,

    OT, but could you email me the link for your RSS feed?


    Greg Griffith
    greg – at – greggriffith – dot – com

  3. You can’t see a slippery slope from the bottom of it. If you have already slid down the slope with a redefinition of marriage, triple parenting is fait accomplis. If you still stand at the top of the slope trying to defend the traditional concept of marriage between one man and one woman, you see it…and it looks scary, for damn good reasons.

    P.S. Dan, I’ll be in Louisville Friday night. How about joining Mark and I for breakfast on Saturday morning? I’ll confirm.

  4. I just tried going back to that link but it appears to be broken. Morpheus, unless I read that story wrong, it said nothing about marriage. Not redefining it, not a three-way, nothing.

    The was talking about parenting, not about marriage. Did I read it incorrectly?

    Found the story:

    “The biological father, named on the boy’s birth certificate, is a friend of both women and is taking an active role in the child’s life.”

    The man is not married to the two women, he’s just a friend. I understand that you don’t accept the gay marriage of the two women, but they are already together and they already have a child and all this story is talking about is legally recognizing what the child already knows: that he has two mothers.

  5. Dan- In the US, at least, the step-parent’s rights are far from automatic. Consider my situation–I have been my step-daughter’s primary caregiver for most her life. When I, say, sign medical papers for her, I don’t do it in my own right; I do it as my husband’s agent–that is, I can do it because he will back me up, and say it’s okay with him. If he dies, the child’s mother, who has drifted in and out of her, never taking any responsibility or paying support, will be presumed to be her guardian. After all these years, there’s a strong case for my guardianship–but I will have to go to court to secure it. If I were to leave my husband (and IIRC, that’s analogous to the case here)I could have a very hard time securing visitation rights over the objection of either biological parent.

  6. Thanks for the info, Anon. That’s too bad and it should not be that way for you, step-parents in general, nor these people in particular.

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