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Judge Denies Custody to Lesbian Mother

Judge William G. Boice Tuesday upheld an earlier ruling and denied a lesbian custody of her four-year-old son. Sharon Bottoms had argued that her son, Tyler Doustou, is not developing well under his grandmothers care and that she could give the boy more loving care. The 1993 custody decision was upheld by the State Supreme Court last year.

The judge ruled that Bottoms lesbian lifestyle makes her an unfit parent and denounced plans for a TV movie about the custody battle. Bottoms lawyers said she and partner April Wade cooperated with the producers of "For the Love of Tyler" having been told the ABC movie would be made with or without their help.

Media Resources: CNN - February 28, 1996; USA Today - February 28, 1996