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How 'homophobia' denied Sharon Bottoms custody of her son

Clip: 02/21/2019 | 9m 56s Video has closed captioning.

Sharon Bottoms, who died recently at age 48, made headlines in the 1990s when she lost custody of her son to her mother, who argued that Bottoms' homosexuality made her an unfit parent. Judy Woodruff talks to Donald Butler, the attorney who represented Bottoms during her failed legal challenge, and Lambda Legal's Sharon McGowan about how Bottoms' courageous fight sparked a battle for gay rights.

Aired: 02/21/19

Rating: NR

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