The message below comes from my trusted colleague Dave Doleshal:
SAVE THE MUSIC SCHOOL OWNED BY POLYAMOROUS PEOPLE!
Sue Heale is currently embroiled in a nasty legal battle because of her involvement in a polyamorous relationship, and she is urgently seeking donations to help cover her mounting legal costs and to save her music school.
Sue built up a very successful music school, but after some of the employees who worked there discovered that she was living a polyamorous lifestyle, they sought to use her involvement in polyamory as an excuse to violate their employment contracts, destroy her school, and take her students into their own private practices. The case has drug on for three years. Sue has already prevailed in one phase of the battle, having won a child custody court case in which an ex-husband attempted to take away her children – specifically because she was involved in polyamory. However, after carefully weighing the evidence, and listening to both sides of the story, the judge decided that involvement in polyamory per se in not sufficient grounds for denying custody of children. The judge ruled in favor of Sue, and she was allowed to keep her children. It looks like Sue has a good chance of winning thus second phase of the case – if she can raise sufficient funds to pay for her ever-rising legal bills.
Sue Heale was a featured speaker in the Polyamorous Activism Conclave held in Berkeley, California, last February. She will be featured speaker at this event again this year (Feb 12, 2017):
This Polyamorous Political Conclave is held each year in connection with the International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy. Sue will also be a featured speaking at this year’s conference:
Sue is a respected member of the polyamory community. I personally know Sue and her partner Josh, and I have followed this case for nearly a year. Sue and Josh are very good people, and they deserve as much support from the polyamory community as we can possibly give them.
The most recent round of the legal struggle went badly. However, the struggle continues, and it is still possible that Sue can ultimately save her music school from destruction, but it will take money to accomplish that. If we lose this battle, that will be reinforcing the status quo which presumes that if a person is polyamorous, that justifies them being discriminated against, abused, and being denied basic protections under the law.
However, if we WIN this battle, this will be a small (but valuable) step towards establishing the principle that even polyamorous people are entitled to decent treatment and equal protection under the law.
Please check out the written description and brief video presentation about the case, and PLEASE donate generously
Dave Doleshal, Ph.D