Morality Clauses And Homophobia

The ability of judges to write “morality clauses” into divorce papers can lead to enforcing homophobia, as in this Texas case wherein a judge is ordering a lesbian couple to not live together in order to “protect” the children involved. Because the couple cannot marry in Texas, and the judge is ordering that no adult not related by blood or marriage be in the house after 9pm, the family is caught in a bind.

I wonder, too, whether there is a class issue involved here; some adults cannot afford their rent without housemates, so this kind of situation could be devastating for lower-income households. Either way, mandating that heterosexual marriage is the only acceptable situation for children to grow up in is both unrealistic and prejudiced.

About Jeana

Jeana

Jeana Jorgensen, PhD recently completed her doctoral degree in folklore and gender studies at Indiana University. She studies fairy tales and other narratives, dance, body art, feminist theory, digital humanities, and gender identity.