Sep 15, 2011

In resolving a dispute in a child custody matter, a Texas judge ruled in March 1999 that a lesbian mother could not take her daughter to services at the Metropolitan Community Church, a gay/lesbian Christian congregation, because it is not a "mainline" church. On August 30, 1999, while the case was on appeal, AU and several other groups filed an amicus brief in the Texas Court of Appeals arguing that the holding violated the mother’s free exercise rights and impermissibly entangled the court in religious matters. However, in March 2000, the court of appeals upheld the lower court’s decision.