For five years the Equal Justice Foundation has been pointing out that a man with the intelligence to understand Colorado laws (and those of most other states) has to be functionally insane to marry and a drooling idiot to sire a child.
One of the principal reasons for that statement is widespread paternity fraud. Over 300,000 DNA paternity tests are done yearly and consistently 30% of such tests show the man is not the father of the child in question.
A man typically marries to have children of his own and that is an underlying reason marriage was invented. Therefore, paternity fraud should be roundly condemned and thoroughly punished by any society built on a foundation of stable families, as was ours.
Incredibly, despite the well known fact that paternity fraud is widespread, in Colorado the legislature and courts have condoned this practice and consistently rewarded women for their adultery. It is not at all unusual to find a woman has asked for increased child support after it is found her child was not fathered by the man paying the support. In some cases we've heard of women collecting child support from multiple men for the same child, or collecting support for child(ren) that do not exist or long ago reached the age of majority, and sometimes to places that don't exist (Maricopa, Tennessee, gotta love Maximus, Inc.).
It seems obvious that women will do all in their power to keep their husbands, ex-husbands, and sex partners from discovering their infidelity to keep the child support money coming. Thus, it isn't at all unusual for a putative "father" not to discover he isn't for many years. In a recent New Jersey case the duped man did not find out about the paternity fraud until the child was 30-years old, 20 years after he divorced his adulterous wife.
Traditionally, the Republican Party has put itself forward as a supporter of the traditional family. In that mold, Colorado Republican State Representative Bill Sinclair, a retired Air Force colonel and combat veteran of three wars, put forth a bill HB04-1083 in the spring of 2004 that would have directed courts, upon a man's petition, to terminate child support payments after determination the petitioner was not the father of the child he had been required to support. Nothing required the man to petition the court for such modification, and made allowance for such actions as the man adopting the child. No provision was made to require repayment of child support before the fraud was discovered but did allow the fraud to be terminated. A modest proposal that won support in the Colorado House by a single vote, in large measure because of the respect Rep. Sinclair rightfully enjoyed.
However, HB04-1083 was defeated in the Senate Judiciary committee by Republicans and Democrats alike. I've previously condemned the stupidity of Colorado Senators in so doing in the article Condoning Slavery Under Color Of Law. Clearly, Republicans (In Name Only) today have become anti-father, anti-family, and supporters of adultery and matriarchy, and Rep. Bill Sinclair was term limited and has gone into well-deserved retirement.
As a Republican and father I am appalled at the actions of elected Republicans. Traditionally, and for many practical reasons, fathers are generally more conservative and thus have formed a core constituency of the Republican Party. Why the Grand Old Party has abandoned this constituency is a mystery to me? But the Republican Party seems to have done away with the Sixth Commandment and traditional families entirely. As a result Drop the GOP is a rising tide among father's and children's groups.
As proof of the sea change in the Republican Party I offer up the support of a Republican Congress and President for the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act in 2005 and funding such redfem pork in order to destroy children, families, and marriages at taxpayer expense.
Then there is the action of RINO Colorado Senator Steve Johnson, (Republican - district 15) assistant minority leader from Fort Collins (Larimer County). In the 2005 Colorado legislative session this anti-genius introduced SB05-181, which was passed and took effect in toto January 1, 2006, although Section 9 became effective July 1, 2005.
Under SB05-181 it is now impossible for a man to stop paying support for a child that DNA testing determines isn't his after a divorce is final or after a child support order has been entered if unmarried. Further, in this bill C.R.S. § 19-4-111 does not require rules of evidence to be observed in pretrial hearings and a record is kept only if requested. Senator Johnson can you say "kangaroo court"?
Many times, if not the great majority of cases, the man is in shock over the divorce, has a restraining order against him as a divorce tactic that prevents him seeing his kids (or getting a DNA sample), has been falsely accused of DV and is in and out of jail and living on the street, the wife has moved out of state with the kids, etc., and there is little or no chance for him to get a paternity test during divorce proceedings. And regardless of language that says requesting a genetic test shall not prejudice, in practice it most definitely will.
If the wife or female sexual partner didn't have a protection order before he makes a request for a paternity determination, she will certainly get one as soon as he does. Johnson and company appear to be blindly ignorant of how divorces and separations work in Colorado and SB05-181 simply makes a bad situation worse.
A much more intelligent approach would have been to require DNA paternity testing for every child before a judge could require a man to provide support for that child. Any other approach is legislated indentured servitude at best and slavery at present.
Then there is the interesting definition for jurisdiction which suggests Senator Johnson and his co-sponsors have little idea how human reproduction occurs. In Section 4 of this bill § 19-4-109(2) C.R.S. is amended to read (in part):
"Jurisdiction - venue: A person who has sexual intercourse in this state thereby submits to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state as to an action brought under this article with respect to a child who may have been conceived by that act of intercourse."
Maybe I'm a little dense but a lot of pregnancies result without sexual intercourse, virgo intacto. I thought all Christians believed in virgin conception? Maybe Johnson and company deliberately meant to exclude such births? But a lot of girls have gotten pregnant just rubbing up against a male member without penetration. In one case at least with her panties still on. So more opportunity for judges to legislate from the bench because of bad law.
Or what about the girl who comes to Aspen and parties with a bunch of swingers, none of whom are residents of Colorado? Does Colorado retain jurisdiction 9 months later in whatever state she and her consorts went back to? If so, then she is quite likely to bring a paternity suit against the guy who has the most money. SB05-181 lays out a blueprint for how to fake a hearing notice that even a blonde shouldn't have much trouble with and the ten day window hardly gives the guy much of a chance to discover the problem. And once the hearing is held, and a default judgement entered, say hello to child support for 18 years. No need to even produce the baby (if it exists).
Even though Drop the GOP has awarded Senator Johnson their Single Biggest Idiot On Earth award for his actions in the face of growing child support arrearages due to paternity fraud and deciding to make it legal, and provide direct financial incentives for adultery, I don't think he deserves all the credit.
Johnson had some help with co-sponsors over in the House, even my own representative Mike Merrifield. But I can understand Merrifield's support. He's a socialist Democrat educrat who thinks the solution to K-12 education problems are more art classes. Cheri Jahn, Betty Boyd, Terrance Carroll,
Rosemary Marshall, Angie Paccione (check out those runaway-bride eyes), Judy Solano, Nancy Todd, and Val Vigil are all Democrats so we know where their allegiances lie. Matriarchy here we come! I've previously noted that I can find no evidence that any matriarchal society ever advanced beyond Stone Age technology so don't expect technological solutions from these people. My guess is calculus is quite beyond all of them.
But Bill Berens, Mark Larson, Ray Rose, and Debbie Stafford, who is supposed to be reforming DV laws, are nominally Republicans (In Name Only) that have banded together with RINO Senator Johnson to destroy marriage and families and lead us back to the Stone Age.
Another question is whether SB05-181 a bad joke or have Johnson and company deliberately set out to further enrich the legal profession? For whatever reason it was passed, this bill will certainly act to further destroy children, families, and marriage in the State of Colorado, all in the name of the "best interests of the child" of course.
Good luck to Republicans trying to win elections in 2006. I can't imagine any better way to drive fathers and grandparents from the Republican Party than VAWA and SB05-181. And watch for an announcement from Senator Johnson that he has seen the ideology of the future and switched allegiances to the Democratic Party.