So, like…we’d do anything for our kids, right? Anything. As in, your kid wants to take up soccer, you buy them cleats. Your kid wants a LEGO minifig that isn’t in stores anymore, you hop online and get it for their birthday. Your kid needs a good education, so you put in more hours at work to afford the right school. Your kid wants to be a princess, so you go to Africa, plant a flag on some disputed land and claim it as your own.
WHOA WHOA WHOA, back up. Which LEGO minifig? Those things get expensive when they’re discontinued.
Some dude obviously read our intro and was all “Yep. BRB OMW 2 Africa BBL.” That’s what Virginia dad Jeremiah Heaton did at least.
The United States has made great strides in matters of race and society, but some lingering problems remain. Take for instance, a father who was recently accused of kidnapping because his daughters are biracial.
Virginia dad Joseph was recently in a local Walmart with his three daughters. The trip went without a hitch – he cashed a paycheck, then buckled the three girls – a 4 year old and two 2 year old twins – into their car seats. Joseph then took a moment to make a phone call before returning home. But you know since this is Walmart in Virginia (and because you read the title), this story’s not going to end well.
Will Trinkle, Juan Granados and their 2 year old son, Oliver recently got the business-end of Virginia politics when they were denied a family membership to Roanoke Athletic Club based on the fact that their family consists of gay parents.
The couple of eight years sued the Roanoke Athletic Club and its parent company Carilion Clinic, and won! Deets after the hop.
One gym in Virginia is putting its big, straight foot down, and letting two gay dads know that their illegal behavior won’t be tolerated. Qweerty reports that the Roanoke Athletic Club denied the family package that Will Trinkle and Juan Granados applied for – after initially accepting it.
Trinkle, Granados and their 2 year old son, Oliver intended to use the gym like any other family, but soon after their application was accepted, the Trinkle-Granados family (yeah, that’s right, family) received a letter in the mail letting them know that the prior acceptance was “by mistake.” Ya know, because since Virginia doesn’t recognize gay marriage or same-sex civil union, the Trinkle-Granados family isn’t considered…well…a family.
Here. We go. Again.
Here’s quick story from Samieh Shalash at Virginia’s Daily Press about one dad who’s able to give his kids “hugs and kisses” while he’s deployed.
Petty Officer 1st Class …
Just yesterday, the Utah Supreme Court rejected a father’s attempt to overturn his daughter’s adoption. He evidently didn’t meet the deadlines in two states for asserting parental rights.
John M. Wyatt, the Virginia father, also tried to evoke the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act – which would require the Utah Supreme Court to give him custody of his daughter, “Baby Emma.” The court denied this as well, claiming that he needed to raise the argument in a lower court first.
The story gets worse.