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Lower Courts Ruling Stands Governing Child Custody Case With Same-Sex Couple

On the 11th of January, 2016, announced, they would not hear an appeal from a woman who claimed the State of Florida’s previous ban on same-sex marriage, had deprived her of the parenting rights. and her former partner of 11-years, Anne Marie Mobley, agreed to insemination of internet purchased donor sperm. At the time, the marrying of same-sex couple in the State of Florida was against the law. On this particular Monday, the justices allowed the lower court’s ruling to stand that said the parental rights to the child conceived with Peggy Willis and her former partner, would not be overturned.

Peggy Willis and Anne Marie Mobley’s relationship ended one year after the child turned one. They never married, as the laws banning same-sex marriage still applied. Peggy Willis petitioned the local state court in Florida to hear her claim for parental rights. However, with the state bans on same-sex marriage, the court did not see where Willis had a case, and they threw the case out of court. Willis felt the state court violated her civil rights, since the Supreme Court has since removed the bans on same-sex marriage, and decided to take her case, a few steps further. She petitioned same-sex marriage to hear both claims, one her rights as a parent to share custody with Mobley to be reviewed by the State of Florida once again, as same-sex marriages are now legal in the state, and two, she petitioned the court to hear her claim of violation of her civil rights by not allowing her to pursue her case as a parent in the court since overturned state bans on same-sex marriage has since been ruled favorable.


The Bible argues that marriage is between a man and a woman—and this is why is there so much of a dispute today. So why are there people opposed to gay marriage/same-sex marriage called hateful, narrow-minded, intolerant, and many more, some not so pleasant. It is as if the entire LGBT community has developed to push against those who follow what is known to be the truth. The truth is to give support to gay marriage/same-sex marriage would be to give approval to the homosexual lifestyle. The Bible clearly states in Leviticus 18:22:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. Those who promote any strong arguments for gay marriage/same-sex marriage, are clearly upholding an abomination, as it is clearly written in the Bible as sinful.

It’s not just the actions of the Christians whose actions are spoken against in the Bible. In Romans 1:26-32:

For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that re-competence of their error which was meet.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God,  proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. These verses declare the homosexual desire and actions to be shameful, wicked, unrighteous, lustful, and malicious.”

One of the first studies of children raised by gay and lesbian couples was performed by Douglas Allen in Canada. Same-sex couples have been recognized there since 1997, and same-sex marriages has been recognized there since 2005. The study, “High school graduation rates among children of same-sex households,” by Douglas W. Allen, professor of economics at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, was published in the newest edition of the journal, Review of Economics of the Household. (Nazworth, 2013) Previous studies of same-sex parenting weren’t able to encompass the scale that Allen was obtain. His ability to conduct a large-scale side-by-side comparison of same-sex parenting as well as to control income and education factors, enabled him to make a significant determination whereby 65 % of students who were likely to graduate from high school, were raised in traditional households with two parents of the opposite sex. (Nazworth, 2013)

Dear Heavenly Father,
I lift up my child to you.

This child you gave me, this precious gift from you.  I ask for your protection, and I ask you to be strong in his/her life.  I ask that you would guide him/her away from all harm.  And dear Lord I pray you will guide him/her toward your blessed will for his/her life.  May he/she hunger for you and a home with you. May he/she be filled with faith, and your blessings.

I lift up to you every trouble and every trial in his/her life.  I ask for your provisions and your wisdom to be sent to carry him/her through each of them.

May he/she be aware of your grace and your miracles in his/her life.  May his/her love for you grow daily, strong, steady and true.


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About Brenda Stapleton

Brenda Stapleton is a professional writer and social media enthusiast. She is the founding columnist of from the park bench, and continues blogging under the same headline today. She is a content writer, technical writer, communication and procedural consultant, who considers it both an honor, and a privilege to have worked with such a diverse group of subject matter experts throughout the years. She feels it is through collaboration and communication with professionals in other programs, where meaningful partnerships are formed and challenging projects are culminated which produce awareness, integration, and increased success in finding solutions to mutual problems.

Brenda is a former primary and secondary educator, with a Louisiana teaching certification from (ULM) University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is a former nurse tech and registered nurse working under the ULM-RN program. She certified through the (AFA) American Fitness Association as a personal trainer, and is a certified law enforcement professional under (POST) Police Officer Standards Training in the State of Louisiana. She is well-versed in the Arts and Sciences, holding a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Arts in the discipline of Criminal Justice with minors in Sociology and Psychology. She has credited graduate work in English and Integrated Learning through Technology and Communication, carried over from her Ph.D. work in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

and More…personally
Brenda grew up in Columbia, Louisiana in the same house, where her parents still live, today. She began life literally, stumbling every day. She was fitted for her first set of braces on her legs, as a toddler. She would wear braces on her legs, until the age of four, and orthopedic shoes until the age of six. Thinking the past was behind her, she took the world in leaps and bounds, until at the peak of her career, she faced yet another set-back, only this one, left her with a neurological injury that was irreversible. Since then, she has strived continuously for a career, where her passion for creativity would be fueled by the fervor of chasing a sense of sobriety that did not leave her doubtful of a future. Armed with a sense of humor, a purpose in life, and a heart full of dreams, she took the road less traveled, compliments of Robert Frost, and she has learned many things along the way.
She has learned adaptability is her best characteristic, and humility is her worst. She has learned the day is scarier than the night, for in the day you will see the harm that befalls you. She has learned unconditional love is never stronger than in the very young, and as it is in the very old. She has learned no matter what emotion a person is experiencing, a cuddly puppy can make you re-evaluate it all. She has learned the only certainty in life, is death- be ready. She has learned the most experienced emotions are forgiveness, grief and hope, and she has learned that patience is the most taught virtue.
In her free time, Brenda can be found lost in the elements of nature. She enjoys cycling, golfing, swimming, and practicing yoga. Her favorite places to be in this world are at the edge of the sand, with the ocean waves kissing her toes, or chasing her footprints away; or riding a bike through the park under the trees full of multi-colored leaves in the fall, with the wind blowing gently at her face, and is deeply overwhelmed by nature. It’s the fleeting moments when she is caught in a rainstorm, or snowflakes begin to fall, and melt as soon as they touch the warmth of skin, or when watching over a cocoon, as it changes into a butterfly, or a rose bud into bloom, when she feels human, small and meek.
Brenda is a published author of articles and blogs. She is currently writing her first book, but acknowledges her two greatest accomplishments, as the two who call her momma. She is inspired by watching her daughters become individuals, face their giants, and grow in life, while each follows her dreams and searches for a place and a purpose to aspire and grow. With several years behind her, and her children growing into adults, Brenda has taken the time to focus on her purpose. In doing so, she has unpacked the dreams she had placed away for safe keeping, and with a bit of uncertainty of what lies ahead, she sets out on yet another road less traveled, and this time, she says she takes a pen and paper along the way.

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