On June 26, 2015, five justices on the United State Supreme Court, a majority, ruled that, “same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry. No longer may this liberty be denied to them.” According to the Obergefell v. Hodges’ majority, “dignitary wounds cannot always be healed with the stroke of a pen,” so they took decisive action. But what is the practical effect or effects, other than the obvious fact that same-sex couples can now marry and have their marriages lawfully recognized across the United States? It will likely take years to sort that out and, again, it bears repeating that while it may be true that, “dignitary wounds cannot always be healed with the stroke of a pen,” it is also true that “dignitary” and other “wounds” certainly can be inflicted with “the stroke of a pen.” It has been said, “In a world without law, you have chaos, oppression and tyranny and everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.” Bully is that story Inspired by true events, Bully is a cross-over novel and legal thriller that begins at the height of the 1980s AIDS epidemic, when gay and lesbian parents, including Joanna Crawford’s father, were routinely stripped of their parental rights because of the AIDS hysteria and laws that treated gay parents as second class citizens. By 2008, Joanna Crawford, now an elected family court judge in Central City, Ohio, is in a position to atone for past sins and push forward the LGBT cause. Judge Crawford breaks with the past by issuing a series of pivotal child custody decisions granting shared custody rights to non parents scorned by their ex lovers. Single mothers, Wendy White, a lesbian, and Jennifer Dolan, a widow, must fight the very court established to protect “the best interest of the child” in order to do what’s best for their children in this engaging story of heartache, murder, love and redemption.