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Transcript Some attorneys claim that if it's known that the mother is a lesbian, or even has some association with lesbians, she will never win custody of her child and should take whatever she can get out of court. Others say there have been cases of an openly gay mother being awarded custody by the judge in closed session, but since the records are sealed there is no way of proving this. (Anyone with information, please contact us.) We've all heard the horror stories and war tales. The mother is awarded custody, but the court denies her the right to be in the presence of other homosexuals when her child is with her. The courts dictate who the woman must live with or what kind of home she must have. Cases have been re-opened years later and the mother, with less funds than the ex-husband, has lost the child. Children have been kidnapped by the ex-husband. It is important that organized community support exists BEFORE a mother needs help in a custody case. Obviously, it then is much easier to mobilize funds, forces, and information to aid the mother and child. More subtly, if such a group does not exist already, the publicity necessary to arouse local sympathizers can be used against the gay mother, for the courts have said in other cases that this "subjects the child to harmful trauma." There are some cheering, bright spots. Off Our Backs, the Wash. D. C. feminist press, reported some recent victories last summer. Carol Whitehead was the first openly lesbian mother to fight in court in Maine for custody. She was awarded unconditional custody of her two children by Superior Court Justice Harry P. Glassman, whose primary concern, as stated in his decision, was "the best interest and welfare of the children." In California, a Superior Court judge ruled that lesbianism was not an issue to be considered in the custody of Cynthia Fourcier's two children. She was cleared of criminal charges brought against her when she was wrongfully accused of sexually molesting her 5-year-old daughter. In Texas, however, there is no victory for Mary Jo Risher who is seeking to regain custody of her 10-year- old son. The three elected judges in the Court of Civil Appeals decided they didn't have jurisdiction to decide on the merits of her case. She will go to the Texas Supreme Court next to force 11 How do we counsel our kids when theyre taunted with, 'Your Monrs queer!1" the lower court to hear the case. These justices are also elected, as pointed out in the February issue of Do It Now. "Thus, 'justice' rests in the hands of politicians who are homophobic and reluctant to provide equal protection of the law for gay people." To reach the Houston group working for gay mothers, call 529-0261. To send contributions for Mary Jo's fight (she's spent $7,000 on the first appeal alone)--Friends of Mary Jo Risher, c/o Dallas County NOW, P.O. Box 12431, Dallas TX 75225. Pointblank Times has also received an urgent appeal for funds for a custody case involving a politically active lesbian mother, living and working in a collective of lesbians. She is being sued by her wealthy ex-husband, a university professor with tenure, who has re-married. He demands custody of the 5-year-old daughter who wants to stay with her mother, as she has for the past four years. Send money to: Lesbian Defense Fund, P.O. Box 4, Essex Junction VT 05452; phone: (802) 862-9046. -Ann oo