Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Virginia Mom must surrender daughter to lesbian partner


The birth mother of a 7-year-old Virginia girl must transfer custody of the child to the woman's former lesbian partner, a Vermont judge ruled.
Vermont Family Court Judge William Cohen ordered Lisa Miller of Winchester, Va., to turn over daughter Isabella to Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven at 1 p.m. Friday at the Virginia home of Jenkins' parents.
Miller and Jenkins were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. Isabella was born to Miller through artificial insemination in 2002. The couple broke up in 2003, and Miller moved to Virginia, renounced homosexuality and became an evangelical Christian.
Cheryl Hanna, a professor of constitutional law at Vermont Law School said,"I think the underlying thing is the fact that they are a lesbian couple doesn't mean that the court's going to treat this any differently than if they were a heterosexual couple," she said.
Previously the ACLU tried to have mom thrown in jail.
On the day Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban took effect; Miller asked a Frederick County, Va., judge to nullify the visitation order. The judge agreed, ruling that Miller alone had parental rights.