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Houston judge orders married gay man to keep kids away from husband

TalkAboutEquality.com
Monday, August 22, 2011

In a stunning case of bigotry from Houston Judge Charley E. Prine, Jr., a married gay man has been forbidden from ever leaving his children alone with his husband, reported the Houston Chronicle.

William Flowers married Jim Evans last year in Connecticut. At the time, William’s ex-wife had full custody of the children with William getting regular visitation with them.

After William married Jim, he sought to change the custody agreement. The jury decided that the custody agreement should remain as-is.

While there were no allegations of abuse or endangerment of the children in any way, the Judge added a ruling applicable only to William. The Judge’s ruling prohibits him from ever leaving his children alone with any man who is not related to the children “by blood or adoption.”

The article cites interviews with many practicing law in Houston stating they had never heard of such an injunction in cases not involving abuse or neglect.

When William’s ex-wife’s lawyer was interviewed about it, she claimed it was common and referred the reporter to Teresa Waldrop, a member the of the Family Law sections of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association – Waldrop admitted to never having seen an injunction such as this and referred the reporter to Austin Family Law Attorney Jennifer Cochran.

Austin family law attorney Jennifer Cochran told the Chronicle the provision is “just not reasonable.”

The fact that William can’t leave the children alone with any man to whom they aren’t related by blood or adoption “strikes at the very heart of the fact that he’s gay … it’s judicial activism, legislating from the bench,” and has nothing to do with protecting the best interests of the children, said Cochran.

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47 more reader comments:

  1. Oh what the fuck?!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:51am
  2. hes a twit must be related to bush LOL

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:51am
  3. That is wrong.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:52am
  4. What is wrong with People

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:53am
  5. What an asshole !

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:53am
  6. not cool at all -_-

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:53am
  7. That ruling will never hold up. Not even in texas.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:54am
  8. Agreed :3

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:54am
  9. What an asshole.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:58am
  10. What the hell? And I guess they ever get a male teacher their father will have to monitor all their classes too–right? Great judicial system.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:59am
  11. I hope that judge gets his just deserts. What goes around…

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:00am
  12. is that legal

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:01am
  13. Argh! *furious*

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:01am
  14. How many women have left their children alone with a step father that abused them? I’m sure there have been plenty! this is so sad! What I hate about the Courts system is that they (judges) presume what a person does or how they live their life with only a few minutes in court.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:01am
  15. Is this anything like the Texas 2 step? One step forward and two steps back?

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:02am
  16. Very sad….bigotry

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:03am
  17. This is a ridiculous attempt at unlawful judicial activism. This judge should be removed and the frivilous injunction should be thrown out.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:05am
  18. Instead of sitting around saying something is horrible, lets do something about it! Im not just talking about this occurence specifically but in general! Guys, we as a community need to wake up and join the good fight. Join an organization dedicated to equality, march, get the word out or something! Theres not enough of us standing up for what we believe in. Im not aiming this at anyone in particular im just saying that im tired of people saying this is horrible and no one doing anything. We as americans have the right to intervene when injustices take place but so often we dont (rwanda genocide). like I said, I’m not talking about this occurence specifically, but in general because the comments I saw from this article and others on this page just got me thinking. You can fight the good fight for us in your city or state. lets band together and make sure injustices can be stopped :)

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:06am
  19. awful!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:07am
  20. That judge is going to hell, plain and simple.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:09am
  21. Holy Crap. We will see this one pushed up to the supreme court, mark my word!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:13am
  22. The injustice never ceases to have me scratching my head and praying when will other wake up from the disrespectful behavior and lack of respect for a fellow human being.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:16am
  23. BIGOT!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:41am
  24. That’s just crazy! What about babysitters or caregivers? Can the children not be left alone with them since they are of no relation? This decision is absurd & clearly bigoted.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:44am
  25. That’s crazy! Can the children not be left alone with caregivers or babysitters because they are of no relation? This decision is absurd & clearly bigoted.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:46am
  26. Outrageous!!!!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:51am
  27. People these days are getting worse and worse!

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:51am
  28. What else is new under the Texas sun? Not a damned thing. No-one should be surprised at this, appalled yes, surprised? No.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 10:54am
  29. Retarded

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:06am
  30. “People these days…” ROFL.
    Sorry, but questionable judiciary procedure has been going on for ages. Its only now that the media is actually reporting it as news. Don’t get it into your head that this is something new, or you won’t know what you are fighting against. The real difference is that there are now more and more laws protecting people’s rights, more and more watchdog groups keeping an eye on things, and more and more reporters willing to tell us what’s happening.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:11am
  31. why? is gay catching now?

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:24am
  32. I say go to the Supreme Court with this.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11:25am
  33. @Thomas – *acho!* oh, sorry, i think i gave you my gay. :P idiotic, right?

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:00pm
  34. What goes around…

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:01pm
  35. This really hits home. Me and my gf raise my daughter. Since my ex is not around alot. She has taken the parental role. She is awesome with my daughter. And could not imagine me marry her and someone telling me she can’t be left alone with my daughter. Really sad cuz this only affects the child.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:07pm
  36. WOW…really, now that’s how u take the law into ur on hands…congrats u ass…judicial activism, smdh it’s a shame we pay the same taxes, work the same hours, endure the same hardships and love just as hard but because we love same sex this is what is dished out to our ppl….black/white/green or purple, gay,str8or whatever we all deserve the same common respect! And Kudos @Brianna well said

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:17pm
  37. Thats bullshit

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:19pm
  38. And we’re all supposed to believe that judges are fair and non-biased?

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:23pm
  39. wheres the dislike button???

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 12:39pm
  40. What the hell? I thought Houston was cool. Our mayor is a frikkin’ lesbian. Damn. I just became completely ashamed of my city.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 1:08pm
  41. What else would you expect of a Perry Bush etc state.

    A state where to create a new KKK chapter, 3 men dragged a poor black man with their cracker truck till his head was ripped off

    About the only thing Bush ever did right was signing the paperwork that let the state spend a couple $$ wamring up 2 of the 3 in the “chair” (the other turned states evidence.

    Guess this judge tho was appointed by bush.

    Maybe we ought to build a wall and give texas to the mexian cartel.

    Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 at 4:12pm
  42. I don’t think without any proof that this man is a danger to the child(ren) that he can legally order any such thing. This is a case of personal feelings on the judges part coming into play with a legal hearing. Which, would be illegal. I wonder what he’d have to say in a news interview about that.

    Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 1:03am
  43. EVERYONE, THE FOLLOWING PAGE LINKS TO THAT BIGOT JUDGE’S FACEBOOK PAGE:

    http://www.dallasvoice.com/houston-judge-bars-gay-mans-children-husband-1086746.html

    SEND HIM A MESSAGE!

    HERE’S A DIRECT LINK TO HIS FACEBOOK PAGE:
    http://www.facebook.com/people/Charley-Prine/1330516047

    TELL HIM THAT THIS DISGUSTING BIGOTRY IS UNACCEPTABLE!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 6:13am
  44. Don’t waste anytime. Appeal this smelly decusion to a higher court!

    Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 4:36pm
  45. his ties to orgs….should we be surprised?

    Current and Former Capitol Hill Staffers Friends of Texas Houston Northwest Bar Association Kappa Kappa Psi Alumni Republican National Committee Republican National Committee Alumni Employees Republican National Lawyers Association State

    Posted on Monday, September 5, 2011 at 6:27pm
  46. It would be great if those covering the story would inquire to interview this judge.

    Posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 7:36am
  47. Posted on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 12:11am