Ex-gay mom Lisa Miller has stolen her daughter, Isabella, in a desperate attempt to prevent her former partner, Janet Jenkins, from getting custody. The two women have been fighting over custody arrangements for months as two states decided who had jurisdiction after Miller became an ex-gay Jerry Falwell follower and moved to Virginia.
Vermont claims jurisdiction since the child was born in Vermont and they got a civil union there. Virgina says that they don't recognize the civil union and Miller, the biological mother, lives there now, so they should have jurisdiction. The case has gone back and forth for a long time, but Vermont seems to have the upper hand finally.
Earlier this year, the court ordered Miller to surrender custody of their child when she refused to allow Jenkins visitation rights. The Virginia courts have deferred to Vermont on the custody arrangement and announced late last year that they wouldn't intervene in the order to transfer custody. Miller was ordered to turn their daughter over to Jenkins by January 1st, 2010, but instead went on the lam with Isabella.
Miller is represented by the reprehensible Falwell-founded Liberty Council. The legal organization likes to claim how Christian they are, but as this case heated up, none of Miller's lawyers were willing to come back from the holiday vacation to assist in finding Isabella.
I guess they took that whole "Suffer the little children..." part of the Bible out of context. Lawyers.