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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Fairness in Pennsylvania

Posted By on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 6:20 AM

A reader sends along a link to a change in legal precedent in Pennsylvania concerning whether a parent's sexual orientation can be a deciding factor in child custody. The state Superior Court overturned a 25-year-old decision.

The previous precedent, the court wrote in a 7-1 opinion, set a presumption "based upon unsupported preconceptions and prejudices -- including that the sexual orientation of a parent will have an adverse effect on the child."

"Such preconceptions and prejudices have no proper place in child custody cases, where the decision should be based exclusively upon a determination of the best interests of the child."

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