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New Column on Ohio SC Custody Decision; Giuliani Tells
F & F ‘Family Courts Need Reform’
July 19, 2011
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Holstein Criticizes New Ohio Supreme Court’s Lesbian Partner/Child Custody Decision in Columbus Dispatch
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"Fathers and Families has no position on same-sex marriage. But we do have a position on same-sex ‘divorce.’

"Once a child has bonded with two adults as her parents, she is deeply and often permanently hurt by the sudden, court-ordered absence of one of her parents, regardless of the parents’ sexual orientation…”

Fathers and Families Board Chairman Ned Holstein, MD, MS criticizes the new Ohio Supreme Court’s lesbian partner/child custody decision in his new column Kids with two parents need both, even in breakup (Columbus Dispatch, 7/18/11).

We suggest you write a Letter to the Editor of the Columbus Dispatch, a 200,000 circulation newspaper in Ohio’s capital, by writing to [email protected].

We also suggest you comment on the piece by clicking here.

In the piece, Holstein writes:

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled against Michele Hobbs, a lesbian “social mom,” in her desire to co-parent the child she helped raise from birth. She and biological mom Kelly Mullen agreed to raise a child together, sought out a sperm donor and shared the parenting from the birth of their now-five-year-old daughter, Lucy. The court’s ruling means that Lucy might never see the woman she calls “momma.” It is a mistake.

Most of the public sees this as a gay-rights case. The court sees it as a technical issue of defining who is a parent under the law. In reality, it is a best-interest-of-the-child case similar to everyday heterosexual child-custody disputes…

Read the full piece here.

Giuliani Tells F & F: ‘Family Courts Absolutely Need Reform'
Former New York mayor/potential 2012 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani with F & F activist Shawn Gliklich, MD.
Former New York mayor/potential 2012 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani with F & F activist Shawn Gliklich, MD.

Fathers and Families’ Election 2012 Campaign activists attended New Hampshire GOP events this week and asked former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, a 2008 and potential 2012 presidential candidate, about family court reform. Giuliani told F & F activist Shawn Gliklich, MD “family courts absolutely need reform,” and expressed interest in meeting with F & F.

Giuliani told Dr. Gliklich that he sees family law as a state matter, rather than a federal one. Giuliani is for the most part correct, however, there are many things the federal government could do to promote shared custody and undermine the current sole custody to mom norm.

We Want YOU for Fathers and Familiesí Election Campaign 2012—Click Here to Volunteer

President Obama has admirably emphasized the importance of fathers in children’s lives. However, he has chosen to focus only on the part of fatherlessness which is caused by irresponsible fathers, and not the large part of it that is caused by the family court system.

Giuliani experienced the bias of the family court system during his highly-publicized divorce from actress Donna Hanover. During Giuliani’s 2008 campaign, it was evident that Giuliani’s children were alienated from him–his son Andrew publicly attacked Giuliani’s wife Judi Nathan, and has often voiced objections to Giuliani’s and Nathan’s marriage.

Giuliani also paid put an enormous sum in the divorce, and his ex-wife even demanded that he pay her $1,140 a month to care for the family dog. We discussed Giuliani’s family life, marriage, and divorce—in which he also was not free of wrongdoing—in a column here.

Giuliani is the 5th presidential (or likely presidential) candidate who has come out in favor of family court reform via 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.

We want you to be a part of it--to do so, 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.

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Why I Support Fathers and Families: Sony Pictures Television Writer-Producer John Eisendrath

F & F member John Eisendrath of Sony Pictures Television.
F & F member John Eisendrath of Sony Pictures Television.

Veteran writer-producer John Eisendrath of Sony Pictures Television has been Executive Producer of numerous successful TV series, including Alias, Felicity, Beverly Hills, 90210, and numerous others.

John has been helping us raise money in the entertainment industry, and has also given generously to Fathers and Families.

John first joined our efforts in California in 2004 when he worked with us in our successful effort to protect the CA Supreme Court’s LaMusga move-away decision from a legislative assault.

Today John says:

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This is a cause near and dear to my heart. Children have the right to have a relationship with both parents after a divorce or separation–a right that is routinely violated by our court system. We’ve long needed a strong, well-funded national advocacy group that can represent the interests of children of divorce. We need to bring balance to a system rife with gender bias and which devalues the importance of the father-child bond.

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This isn’t about my custody case–my case is long done. But I owe it to my sons and I owe it to all children to address this terribly damaging and oft-ignored social problem.

I support Fathers and Families because they are professional and effective, and are our best hope for change.

I urge everybody reading this to volunteer to be a part of Fathers and Families by visiting and to contribute to Fathers and Families by visiting

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