Homophobia Accusation Costs Judge a Job
Without breaking any law, a Ferrin Calamita, a juvenile court judge, was removed from the bench and banned from practicing law for two years for his concern over the welfare of a child. His actions were construed to be “homophobic” and religiously based because the prospective adoptive parents were lesbians.
Mazon, a lawyer for the couple, said he was pleased that Ferrin Calamita would be removed and would be unlikely to return to the bench, and added that
“if there is a judge in Zamora or in Caceres who wants to do the same thing, his head will be cut off.”
Ham handed activists playing the “homophobe” card are producing knee-jerk reactions in court rooms world wide as people scramble not to be placed under the dread “homophobic” label, especially in jurisdictions where the law is ambiguous. In this case, careful hesitation cost a man and his seven children their livelihood and more.
The underlying question is whether homosexual couples can provide for all the needs of a child, a question that was never answered in this case.
While there are many studies that show the strength of the traditional family and the benefits of that family structure for children, the studies on homosexual child rearing are spotty at best. The questions are real, and should be looked into thoroughly before subjecting the next generation to untested and experimental philosophies.
Spanish Judge Convicted of “Homophobia” for Not Approving Adoption by Lesbian Partner
By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
MURCIA, SPAIN, January 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A Spanish judge has been convicted for the “homophobic” act of failing to quickly award custody of a child to a lesbian who sought parental rights over her sexual partner’s daughter.
Fernando Ferrin Calamita, a Family Court judge from the Spanish province of Murcia, was removed from the bench by a tribunal of three provincial judges, who further barred him from serving on the bench for 27 months, and ordered him to pay 6,000 Euros ($8,182) in restitution to the lesbian pair, as well as court costs. The decision was announced on December 23.
“The politicization of justice is evident,” said Ferrin Calamita, who promised to appeal the case to the nation’s highest courts, and even the European Court of Human Rights. “I have been made the victim of an inquisitorial process alleging that my actions are guided by religious principles. Today is a sad day for the rule of law and for the thousands of people who support me.”
Judge Ferrin Calamita was charged with deliberately delaying the case by seeking a psychological opinion about the probable effect of the couple’s lesbianism on the child’s development, which was never produced by government psychologists, who acknowledge that they refused to do so.
The judge also claims that the lesbian pair was never examined directly by the government psychologists, who nevertheless produced a positive evaluation of the couple, an accusation reportedly verified by the women themselves.
Ferrin Calamita also sought the opinion of the nation’s Supreme Court on the constitutionality of homosexual adoption. The case lasted two years before it was removed from his jurisdiction. He has refused to apologize for the delay and says that he was motivated by concern for the well-being of the child.
The three-judge tribunal, however, ruled that Ferrin Calamita “consciously delayed the adoption of a child by a lesbian couple” and was guided “by an authentic homophobic compulsion.”