Ga. court: Kids can meet dad's gay friends

June 15, 2009 at 7:23 PM

ATLANTA, June 15 (UPI) -- A ban on children meeting their father's gay friends is "an arbitrary classification," the Georgia Supreme Court ruled, reversing an order in a divorce case.

The court released its opinion Monday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. A judge in Fayette County ruled that Eric Duane Mongerson, who was divorced from Sandy Kay Ehlers Mongerson in 2007, could not introduce his children to his homosexual partners or friends.

Justice Robert Benham, writing for the state Supreme Court, said there is no proof exposure to homosexuals is harmful to children.

"Such an arbitrary classification based on sexual orientation flies in the face of our public policy that encourages divorced parents to participate in the raising of their children," he said.

The Mongersons had four children during their 21-year marriage.

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