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Gingrich Tells F & F Activists Family Law Has ‘Extreme Anti-Male Bias’; F & F on CNN
May 31, 2011
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F & F activist Penny Rogers shakes hands with Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich at a May 26 event. In response to a question from an F & F activist, Gingrich told the crowd that the family law system has an 'extreme anti-male bias.'

Gingrich Tells F & F Activists, Audience That Family Law System Has an ‘Extreme Anti-Male Bias’


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F & F member Deanna Marchand told Gingrich 'Family courts generally allow fit, loving fathers only a few days a month with their children.'
A contingent of Fathers and Families’ Election 2012 Campaign activists attended the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Seacoast Republican Women’s Breakfast with Newt Gingrich on Wednesday. F & F member Deanna Marchand (pictured) asked Gingrich:
Family courts generally allow fit loving fathers only a few days a month with their children. This is not only harmful to children since it’s so important level of involvement by both parents in their lives, but it’s also a terrible civil rights violation when the government dictates how much time a father or mother can spend with his or her children. What are your thoughts on family court reform?
In response, Gingrich criticized the family law system for its “extreme anti-male bias.”

Gingrich added that he was “in favor of fathers having rights…We live in an age that is very different than 50 years ago and I think that it is very often very important…that we have a much greater sensitivity that both sides, both parents, both have rights and have responsibilities…”

We commend Gingrich for his awareness of the crisis in family courts and for giving a meaningful response to our question.

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Marchand asks Gingrich about the need for family court reform.


Join Fathers and Families’ Election 2012 Campaign !

Fathers and Families’ Election 2012 Campaign is a nonpartisan grassroots campaign with the goal of injecting family court reform into the 2012 election campaign.

Between now and New Hampshire’s February 14, 2012 primary, our activists will be going to candidates’ campaign stops, rallies, and townhall meetings, as well as calling in when candidates are interviewed on radio talk shows. We will be politely and persistently asking candidates questions about family court reform, with the goal of garnering media attention for our issues and getting candidates to go on the record with their views.

Our central issue is simple–family courts harm children by routinely separating them from one of the two people they love most.


How You Can Help

No matter where you are, there are many ways you can help:

  1. If you are in New England and can volunteer to make appearances at campaign stops and townhalls, please fill out our volunteer form here and type “Fathers and Families’ Election 2012 Campaign” at the beginning of the “How I Can Help” section.

  2. We understand that many of you can’t participate due to geography or other limitations. We still want you to fill out our volunteer form here and participate by:

We Are Non-Partisan

Fathers and Families is resolutely non-partisan and has and continues to work successfully with legislators on both sides of the aisle on legislation to promote family court reform. Our primary goal is to protect the loving bonds children share with both parents after divorce or separation, and we’re happy to work with any legislators or political figures who share this goal.

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F & F in the News
F & F Criticizes New Anti- ‘Deadbeat Dad’ Measures on CNN

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“The overwhelming majority of these parents are not deadbeat, they are dead broke… even during the recession…child support enforcement agencies are very, very slow to give fathers and mothers…downward modifications. So you have people who are forced to pay child support on an income that they haven’t earned in a year…”—F & F’s Glenn Sacks, on CNN Newsroom

Fathers and Families Executive Director Glenn Sacks squared off against a leading child support enforcement official on CNN Newsroom on Friday, May 27. The debate, which pitted DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James and attorney Lisa Bloom against Sacks, concerned new DeKalb measures to deprive so-called “deadbeat add” of use of their automobiles.

To read more, including the transcript of the debate, click here.

What's Happening
F & F-Inspired NV Child Custody Bill Passes Legislature, Goes to Governor

Dad Freed from Jail ‘in the Best Interests of His Children’


Vladek Filler Found Not Guilty of Spousal Rape

Arizona State Researcher: ‘At equal parenting time, the quality of the (father-child) relationship was at its highest’

Defrauded Dad: ‘It’s scary to think how little control I had over it all’

Sean Keefe Jailed for Refusal to Pay Alimony in Paternity Fraud Case

NH: Legislature Holds Impeachment Proceedings for Master in Family Court

KY Supreme Court Gives Unmarried Dads Right to Sue for Paternity

Kids & Dads
‘As a little girl I looked to my father for advice’—Award-Winning Theater Director Susan Stroman

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Award-winning theater director Susan Stroman

"As a little girl growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, whenever I found myself in a conundrum I looked to my father for advice. And always he offered the same encouragement: ‘Ask yourself, What’s the worst that could happen? Someone might tell you no, but there’s no harm in that.’

“[My advice to graduates is to] Just take a chance. Ask the question.” —American theater director, choreographer, film director, and performer Susan Stroman, recipient of five Tony Awards.

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