Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Here’s an incredible case. A Spanish judge has ordered a woman to stop being a lesbian or lose her children:

A Spanish judge has ordered a woman to either enter a relationship with a man or turn her children over to her former husband after the court was told the woman is a lesbian.

Judge Fernando Ferrin Calamita said that having a lesbian mother would harm the children and “raised the risk” that the girls would also become gay the EFE news agency reported Monday.

Oh, and it gets worse:

“It is understood that [a parent’s] drug addiction, child abuse, prostitution, belonging to a satanic sect or heterosexual affair would negatively affect the children and serve as a reason for a change of custody. Well, it’s the same with homosexuality,” EFE quoted him as saying.”

Ferrin Calamita, who presides over family court in the eastern region of Murcia said he would allow the unnamed woman to keep the children only if she were in a heterosexual relationship.

The judge assailed Spain’s law allowing same-sex couples to wed and to adopt children.

Ethics charges have been filed against the judge and the decision is being appealed. Spain allows gay marriage fully and allows gay adoption, which means there is no possible way the judge had legal grounds for his ruling.