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Pa. county message urging child support protested

June 05. 2014 12:37PM
The Associated Press

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YORK, Pa. (AP) — Some men in central Pennsylvania are protesting a text message they received from a county agency urging them to celebrate Father’s Day by paying child support.

The York Dispatch reports that Wednesday’s message from the York County Domestic Relations agency said a payment would be “the ideal Father’s Day gift.”

Ricardo Reyes told the paper that he was offended by the implication that all dads are deadbeat dads. Jesse Mauss said it also implied that fathers are only good for money rather than nurturing or other parental responsibilities. Both said they are up-to-date on payments.

Agency director Theresa Gross said the message wasn’t meant to offend, but was an effort to use “innovative ways” to encourage child support payments and was intended for people who are behind.

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