Thursday, March 02, 2006
Missouri town tells woman she can't live with her fiancee before they're married, unless she throws out two of her kids
Anyone who thought this "traditional family values" garbage was only focusing on gays, well, get ready because you're next.
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Olivia Shelltrack finally has her dream home. Her family moved into the five-bedroom, three-bath frame house in Black Jack last month. But now she fears she and her fiance face uprooting their children because of a city ordinance that says her household fails to meet Black Jack's definition of a family.And here's an interesting Washington Post article about how this is constitutionally questionable. Then again, this is probably allowed under the Iraq war resolution.
Shelltrack and Fondray Loving, her boyfriend of 13 years, were denied an occupancy permit because of an ordinance forbidding three or more individuals from living together if they are not related by "blood, marriage or adoption." The couple have three children, ages 8, 10 and 15, although Loving is not the biological father of the oldest child.
"I was basically told, you can have one child living in your house if you're not married, but more than that, you can't," she said.