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Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Ex-Lesbian Child Custody Case Continues...

If you have been hearing bits and pieces about the "ex-lesbian" child custody case between Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins and have been wondering what the details are, here is a "Reader's Digest" version (Short and sweet) of the events up until now.

The photo to the left is of Janet Jenkins (left), Lisa Miller (Pre-Ex Gay evangelical Christian), and their child Isabella (middle).

Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller were loving partners and married in a
civil ceremony in Vermont in 2000. In 2002, Isabella, their daughter, was conceived by Miller through artificial insemination. In 2003, Miller ended her partnership with Janet, taking their child with her to Virginia. She then became an evangelical Christian and renounced lesbianism, refusing Jenkins visitation rights, although still demanding child support.

The Virginia and Vermont courts have repeatedly chosen to treat this case as with any other custody battle, despite the fact that Virginia does not recognize same sex "marriage" or "civil unions."

Even though the courts had awarded Janet Jenkins visitation rights, Miller repeatedly failed to allow Jenkins to visit with Isabella, and appealed the decision. After losing several appeals, she continued to disobey the order, and a judge found Miller in contempt of court on November 20, 2009, awarding Jenkins sole legal custody of Isabella.

The child was to be handed over to Janet Jenkins on January 1, 2010, but Miller failed to show up. Miller had reportedly ceased contact with her attorneys as of November 20th when the court order to turn over Isabel to Jenkins was announced.

Jenkins' attorney said, “She's very disappointed, obviously. She's very concerned about Isabella and asks that if anybody sees Isabella, that they please contact the authorities.”

Miller now faces possible criminal charges. Miller's last known address was in Forest, Virginia. It's unclear at this time whether or not police will search for Miller and Isabella, although a warrant for her arrest will likely be issued in Vermont for contempt of court.

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