Houston Judge Discriminates Against Married Gay Man

22 Aug

Judge Charley E. Prine, Jr.

In a stunning case of bigotry from Houston Judge Charley E. Prine, Jr., a married gay man has been forbidden from ever leaving his children alone with his husband.

According to the Houston Chronicle, William Flowers married Jim Evans last year in Connecticut. At the time, William’s ex-wife had full custody of the children with William getting regular visitation with them. After William married Jim, he sought to change the custody agreement. The jury decided that the custody agreement should remain as-is.

While there were no allegations of abuse or endangerment of the children in any way, the Judge added a ruling applicable only to William. The Judge’s ruling prohibits him from ever leaving his children alone with any man who is not related to the children “by blood or adoption.”

The article goes on to cite interviews with many practicing law in Houston stating they had never heard of such an injunction in cases not involving abuse or neglect. When William’s ex-wife’s lawyer was interviewed about it, she claimed it was common and referred the reporter to Teresa Waldrop, a member the of the Family Law sections of the State Bar of Texas and Houston Bar Association – Waldrop admitted to never having seen an injunction such as this and referred the reporter to Austin Family Law Attorney Jennifer Cochran.

When Cochran was read the injunction she told the Chronicle the provision is “just not reasonable.” The fact that William can’t leave the children alone with any man to whom they aren’t related by blood or adoption “strikes at the very heart of the fact that he’s gay…it’s judicial activism, legislating from the bench,” and has nothing to do with protecting the best interests of the children, said Cochran.

10 Responses to “Houston Judge Discriminates Against Married Gay Man”

  1. Christine McQueen August 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    This has got to be the most ridiculous ruling I’ve EVER heard of, especially since it doesn’t also pertain to the ex-wife leaving the children in the care of a man to whom they are not related “by blood or adoption”.

  2. American August 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm #


  3. Wayne Everett Foster August 22, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    The judge should loose his judgeship and at least that part of the ruling should be overturned.

  4. Barbara Smith August 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    For the love of Pete – when will this bigotry end! So can she leave her children with any “boyfriend” she may one day have? Disgusting!

  5. Aynne Price Morison August 23, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    It is so broadly stated that it would, on its face, include Doctors, Nurses, paramedics, policemen, firemen, certified day care workers…..

    And yet the mother has no restrictions of any sort – male or female.

    The judge needs to get his head out of his backside and come up for a breath of air.

  6. Dave Lenox August 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    So there is no restriction about leaving the children with ANY woman? It is only MEN that in question here? I’m not a lawyer but it seems particularly sexist to imply all men are a risk to these children but no women pose a risk. Leave the Gay factor out of it – it is just judicial bullying.

  7. Scott August 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    So is Mr. Flowers precluded from hiring a male baby sitter? If he sends his children to school, may he leave them with a male teacher? May he put them on a school bus with a male driver? If one of the children has a male piano teacher, are we to understand that the mother can drop the child off for their piano lesson, but the father may not drop the child off for a lesson with the same teacher? Just wondering…

  8. Pamela M. Kramer (@PamelaMKramer) September 6, 2011 at 10:34 am #

    It would be great if those covering the story would inquire to interview this judge.

  9. Chelsea April 15, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    This judge is pretty disgusting. I had an issue myself with him just shortly after this. Here’s my story.
    My fiancee’s parents paid a lot of money to get partial custody of their granddaughter because they have no meaning in life if they’re not caring for children. They’re old, sick and the the Father likes to fondle and molest his granddaughter. Also, I feel it necessary to say that none of the parents have a criminal or drug history and have good, full-time jobs which support them. Unfortunately none of us have the 20 or 30 thousand dollars it would take to fix that. But here’s what Charley did in a nutshell.

    On November 11th, 2011, My fiancee’s Father dropped his granddaughter off at school and her step dad picked her up from school that afternoon. She got in the car crying and red-faced and her folder showed that she had been disciplined that day. This was very much out of the ordinary for her. On the way home she cried out to her step dad that “awpaw” had poked her “down there” in the shower. Step dad raced home and informed her Mother of what had happened and a quick visual examination confirmed it.
    Being close to my fiancee’s ex-wife since I started dating her ex-husband and having a strong family background in law, the Mother called me crying in a panic asking what to do and I told her to call the police and make a report that instant and get ready to take her to Texas Children’s hospital. I told her the next step was to get a lawyer to file an injunction to prevent the grandparents from being allowed their court ordered visitation for the following weekend, which she did to the T.
    Later that evening, my fiancee and I met her, her husband and the child at the hospital where it was confirmed beyond a shadow of a doubt that she had been sexually assaulted. To make matters worse, we also found out that while the grandparents had primary custody, they removed the parents contact info on file at the hospital and added a note that no one was to be contacted but them regarding the child. That was illegal considering that they had to inform both parents immediately of any emergencies and get consent for any non-emergency medical issues.
    So to make a long story longer, the grandparents got a very expensive lawyer and convinced Charley Prine that the Mother must have assaulted the child herself to frame the grandfather so she could pull their custody and have the right to move out of state to a military base where her husband was soon to be stationed. First of all she would need the Fathers consent. Second, we discussed that issue as soon as it was decided that the Mothers husband was going to the military and she more than understood that we wouldn’t allow although there would be compromises for her beyond the typical.
    So today, the Mother gets supervised visitation every Tuesday between 3:30pm and 6:00pm, and the child sleeps under her molesters roof 26 days a month.
    If Prine really believed the Mother did it, he would be seeking charges against her. And aside from that, even if he believed the grandfather didn’t do this (which common sense says he definitely did) why would he risk it? What if he is wrong?
    It gets even sadder…my fiancee’s twin sister is pretending not to believe that her Father did this and is now trying to be the Mommy. She has quit her job and now spends every moment she’s awake at her parents house playing Mommy and manipulating her niece.
    This little girl is being coached on a daily basis to lie when she’s asked about the incident, her hair is hacked of yet again, shes constantly on prescription drugs because the grandparents are so overprotective, and she refers to her parents as “Bad Mommy” and “Bad Daddy” and her Aunt and her husband as “Good Mommy” and “Good Daddy”.
    This judge has handed this little girl over to old sick people who would be lucky if they lived another 2 years. The Grandmother has had heart and brain surgery and is considered a miracle patient, she’s on 30 different drugs which included heavy sleep aids that cause her to pass clean out with drool dripping down her chin for 10 hours a night and 3 hours during the day for her nap while the Grandfather is alone to do whatever he wants when he’s awake during the early am hours of the night.

    All 4 of the parents have been completely tapped out financially from these legal issues, can barely keep roofs over their heads, and can’t seem to work enough to earn the money for a decent lawyer to fix this. I want this piece of shit judge off the bench. He was obviously paid off for this case and the one this article is on. He has an innocent face and evil in his heart.


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