Washington Supreme Court overturned 2014 custody ruling that used anti-gay bias against parent

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Nick McCann Courthouse NewsService

The Washington Supreme Court recently overturned a parenting plan that relied on a lesbian mother’s sexual orientation when it awarded custody to the conservative Christian father.

“We are not confident the trial court here approached the parenting plan with an attitude of neutrality regarding sexual orientation that fairness demands,” Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst wrote for the en banc panel in a 30-page opinion.

The Supreme Court found Thursday that the lower court improperly considered biased testimony about the mother’s sexual orientation, which “casts doubt on the trial court’s entire ruling.”..

The Supreme Court remanded the case to a different judge to consider the court’s decision regarding education and spousal maintenance.

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