Judge: Lesbian Couple Can't Live Together

'Morality clause' forces them apart
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
With gay marriage banned in Texas, a lesbian couple has been forced to live apart.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A lesbian couple in Texas is claiming discrimination after a judge told the pair they legally could not live together. Carolyn Compton and Page Price have been sharing a household with Compton's two daughters, ages 10 and 13. But the judge said Price would have to move out, because of a "morality clause" in the divorce papers Compton signed when she ended her 11-year heterosexual marriage, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The fairly common clause forbids either parent from having romantic partners stay overnight while their kids are home. Getting re-married nullifies the clause, but gay marriage is banned in Texas (and weirdly, so is gay divorce). "We will fight it all the way!" Price promised. "It is a clear violation of our civil rights." Of course, the clause is only an issue because Compton's ex, Joshua, is insisting it be enforced. "The fact that they can't get married in Texas is a legislative issue," his lawyer said. "It's not really our issue."

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