A judge ordered a lesbian mom in Spain to relinquish her daughters to their father because, he said, her homosexuality would harm them and “raised the risk” that the girls would also become lesbians.
Judge Fernando Ferrin Calamita said, “It is understood that (a parent’s) drug addiction, child abuse, prostitution, belonging to a satanic sect or heterosexual affair would negatively affect the children and serve as a reason for a change of custody. Well, it’s the same with homosexuality.”
Women’s associations and gay rights groups protested the judge’s ruling and sent petitions to the Spanish judicial authorities claiming Ferrin had overstepped his authority.
UPDATE: Because the decision ran contrary to Spain’s constitution, it prompted the Supreme Court to open disciplinary proceedings against Ferrin. He already faces a probe in a separate case, because he attempted to block the adoption of a girl by her mother’s gay partner.
Spain legalized same-sex marriage in 2005.