I read the concluding chapter in the three-year saga of the Bateys' custody battle (L.A. Times, July 12). With the sharp stroke of a pen and the sharper blow of bigotry, Brian Batey has undergone a "parentectomy." The words of his homosexual father, Frank, sound so simple, so facile: "I have filed . . . my intent to withdraw from efforts to be a parent."
Parenting is a special gift, shared by a child and his/her mother and father. It is a relationship that cannot be wiped out by judgmental onlookers or by confused and exhausted parents. Brian is his father's son--nothing, no one can change that. The court has no right to destroy that relationship and Frank Batey has no right to renege on it!