On the eve of Fathers Day this year, four professionals will assemble on the steps of the United States Supreme Court to file a writ for gender equality in our nation’s divorce and family courts. It will occur at 1 pm on Friday, June 17, 2016. They are victims of discrimination and civil rights violations in New York, California, Virginia and Florida. Other victims are expected to join on that day.
For too long, fathers have been raked over in these courts. While other groups have achieved great strides in equal treatment, fathers have been vilified and remanded to lower class parenting. The statistics do not lie. Our Census Bureau continues to report that nearly 85% of all parents paying child support are fathers, nearly 100% imprisoned for back support are men and a disproportionate number are minorities or homeless.
Sexist slurs persist even among public officials, evidenced only months ago by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey who exploited “Dead Beat Dads” on his government wanted posters. Stereotypes are so brazen that such politicians are actually criminalizing fatherhood. Good dads assume the stigma imposed upon them, abandoning their rightful roles and adding to a fatherless epidemic which is harming all aspects of society.
Four fathers have decided to take a firm stand to reverse this ominous trend. Having witnessed the carnage inflicted by needless court conflict within their professions, they are asking the Supreme Court to hear their extraordinary case against a child support program which mandates unequal parenting roles as a condition for federal funding. Each will present a public statement at a news conference. They are:
- Dr. Mario Jimenez, M.D. Florida
- Dr. Leon R. Koziol, J.D. New York
- Dr. Daniel Pestana, DDS California
- John Bautista, Jr. BSME, MBA Virginia
Civil Rights Advocate Leon Koziol is filing for a writ of certiorari (Click Here to View) at that time and he can be contacted for further information at (315) 796-4000.