NYC Man’s Will Stipulates Son Must Turn Straight To Keep Grandkid’s Inheritance

A bigoted New York businessman is reaching out from beyond the grave to discriminate against his gay son.

Frank Mandelbaum, who died in 2007 at age 73, stipulated in his will that a $180,000 trust fund be created for each of his grandchildren. When Frank’s gay son, Robert, married longtime partner Jonathan O’Donnell and began raising son Cooper, 16 months, they assumed Cooper was entitled to his share.

But Frank declared in his will that any such offspring wouldn’t be eligible if Robert didn’t marry the child’s mother “within six months of the child’s birth.”

Robert Mandelbaum, a Manhattan Criminal Court Judge, says the demand is against New York state law and that O’Donnell is the only “mother” Cooper has ever known.

According to the New York Post, The Manhattan Surrogate’s Court has yet to rule on the legality of the elder Mandelbaum’s request. But law guardian Anne Bederka, appointed to consider Cooper’s best interests, wrote that demanding Michael marry a woman “is tantamount to expecting him either to live in celibacy, or to engage in extramarital activity with another man, and is therefore contrary to public policy.”

And would make for really awkward family Thanksgivings.


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  • Dustolio

    Oh please.

    Just get married, get the money, and get divorced. The problem, she is solved.
    (I am obviously being sarcastic)

  • hf2hvit

    AT least one more ignorant bigot is DEAD…too bad there are so many left

  • EvonCook

    If anything was against the equal protections, this should be. You can’t even give money these days to a coed institution to sponsor a “male” if females will be excluded, so why should you be able to crudely promote heterosexuality? Good example of the very sick, bigoted and self-righteous society we live in, and they think they are the honest, generous and humane ones!

  • Ru...

    Well, I do not know how the laws are in the U.S. but here in Brazil it would not even be discussed, parents can not disinherit their children as they see fit, only in rare cases. Anyway, I found the solution suggested by Dustolo very good kk

  • Chuck

    I would just nix it. I already know I’m not getting any inheritance from my parents. Small price to pay for being able to live as myself.

  • hyhybt

    @Dustolio: How much does divorce cost?

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