In 1995, Mary Ward filed for an increase in child support from her ex-husband. She was awarded the increase but never expected the firestorm that would ensue. Her ex-husband in turn filed for a complete modification in custody. Everyone thought this was a stunt by the father to avoid paying child support. Why would the state modify custody when Mary appeared to be a devoted mother? Her children were the center of her universe and she would do anything for them. And in the six years since their separation, the father had by all accounts been an absent parent. He didn’t know what grade his daughter was in, didn’t know what school she attended, didn’t know anything about her ADHD, and the most time he had ever spent with her was three consecutive days on a trip. Mostly he just saw her every other weekend for one day. He was uneducated, lived in a trailer down a windy dirt country road, had a history of a bad temper, and had allegedly molested his first daughter from another marriage. And as if that wasn’t enough, he had murdered his first wife. Yet after a two hour hearing in Pensacola in August of 1995, Judge Tarbuck ruled that custody should be transferred to the father. Why? Mary Ward was a lesbian.