A gay dad whose former wife has custody of their children has been granted visitation—as long as he does not leave them alone with any man to whom they are not related “by blood or adoption.” The dad, however, remarried—he and his now-husband wed in Connecticut.

As Geoff Berg of the Houston Chronicle pointed, out, “So if, for example, William wants to visit his mother in the hospital (where she’s been for several weeks), he can’t leave his kids at home with his husband.” Neither party alleged that the children had ever been abused.

Berg notes astutely, “The primary mandate of family courts is to protect the best interest of the child. So why erect barriers to the functioning of William and Jim’s family in the first place?”

Darn good question.