Teen Mom Kailyn Lowry has made no secret of the fact that she is 100 percent in support of gay rights. She posed (WITH her ex-boyfriend and baby daddy, Jo Rivera) for a NoH8 campaign a couple years ago and vocalized her support on Twitter and in interviews. But a photo shoot she recently let Isaac do with her husband Javi Marroquin has Jo all in a tizzy.
The photo shows toddler Isaac between Javi and model Wesley Watkins as if he is their son. Kailyn organized the shoot with photographer Kate Hedrick as part of her support for gay marriage.
Meanwhile, Jo said it "made him sick." Someone else called him out, and he said while he was all for equality, he didn't like his son being used this way in a photo like this. Hmmm. Unfortunately, I see his point.
While I completely disagree with Jo politically and I absolutely think Isaac is lucky to be raised by a mom with such liberal, open values, I also think this is something Kailyn probably should have discussed with Jo first.
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Kailyn has every right to teach her son her values. But it's entirely different to use their child's image to promote her agenda in a way that a) implies Javi is his father, or b) publicizes the child without the consent of the father.
Not knowing their custody arrangement, I can't speak to the legality of this issue, but from a moral standpoint, it does seem a little odd that she would choose to do this and not tell his dad. It's unclear whether the photos were for personal use or for public consumption, but since they ARE public, one has to assume the latter.
In that case, doesn't she have a moral obligation to tell his father? While I think it's great for Isaac to be taught that all people are equal and that gay marriage should be legal, there is also something to be said for respecting the wishes of both parents. I am sure Kailyn wouldn't appreciate Jo using Isaac in some political way without asking if she ultimately agreed with the cause.
Even if we discount the morality of it, it's also just decent etiquette. The two of them have to get along for Isaac's sake so it's smarter for her to inform Jo of things like this. It's all in the best interest of Isaac.
Do you think she should have told Jo or asked his permission?
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