Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

In follow-up to my cover of this story last month, an Orange County Court denied former pornstar Janine Lindemulder overnight visits with her daughter Sunny.  Sunny’s father, Jesse James who is now linked to Sandra Bullock argued to the court that any overnight visits would endanger the child and subject her to pornographers, drug addicts, guns, firearms, felons and other unsafe environments.  Under the present custody order, Janine has limited time with Sunny during the daytime hours but no overnight visits.  She however was granted an overnight on Christmas Eve.

Since Jeese James is arguing his former wife is “unfit” to raise the child and is very likely to be asking for sole legal custody of Sunny, a custody evaluation is going to be needed to determine if in fact the mother [Janine] is unfit to raise her child or possibly even to have overnight contact with their daughter on a continuing basis.

In child custody situations where both parties are at such extreme odds, money is available and one party is asking for sole custody, these usually end with a long and drawn out custody evaluation where an expert will be appointed or agreed upon to determine what is in the child’s best interests.  No doubt these two will be back in court again as their level of disagreement is extreme and the child is just five (5) years old.

John Marcotte: Credit to boingboing.net

John Marcotte: Credit to boingboing.net

Web designer John Marcotte is seeking the voters of California to support him in his drive to ban divorce in the state permanently.  After voters outlawed same sex marriage in 2008, Marcotte believes that since voters sought to protect the sanctity of marriage that logic follows they would be willing to ban divorce as well.  Despite the crudeness of this, Marcotte is receiving some support from others joining him in his crusade to ban divorce.  Marcotte needs 694,354 signatures by March 22 to have it appear on the next ballot.  At this time, some same sex marriage coalitions have not joined Marcotte in his efforts. 

John Marcotte is Catholic and voted against Proposition 8.  The United States divorce rate was last 47.9% but those figures do not include statistics from six states including California who no longer reports their divorce rates to the National Center for Health Statistics. 

Personally I don’t feel this helps the plight of same sex marriage advocates who have spent a great deal of time, effort and money to get others to recognize this is a serious subject that goes beyond publicity stunts.  Mr. Marcotte may feel this is not intended as a publicity stunt but his actions of seeking to ban divorce altogether show extreme logic in trying to prove the point that same sex marriage should be on the same plane as traditional marriage.   

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