Virginia Citizens Launch ‘Protect Isabella Coalition’



A coalition of concerned Virginia citizens has formed in
support of Lisa Miller and her 6-year-old daughter, Isabella.
Called the Protect Isabella Coalition, the grassroots effort aims to create
awareness of what it labels “judicial tyranny” in the child
custody/visitation case involving Miller, Isabella’s biological mother, and
Vermonter Janet Jenkins, her lesbian former partner. The group has a Web
site — — and also has produced television and radio
public awareness ads.
Jenkins and Miller were joined in a civil union during a trip to Vermont in
December 2000. Afterward, they returned to Northern Virginia to live. Miller
was artificially inseminated in a Virginia fertility clinic the following
year, and gave birth to Isabella in April 2002.
The couple lived in Vermont for just over a year before Miller filed to
dissolve the civil union. Renouncing homosexuality and embracing
Christianity, Miller relocated with Isabella back to Virginia.
A Vermont judge ruled in 2003 that Jenkins is also Isabella’s “mother,”
allowing her liberal visitations, although she is unrelated and never
adopted the child. Her requests for full custody have been denied.
Deeming Jenkins’ open lesbian lifestyle a harmful environment for her
daughter, Miller began denying her visits with Isabella following a 2004
ruling by a Virginia circuit court judge that Miller was Isabella’s sole
Subsequent Virginia appellate court and Virginia Supreme Court rulings have
held that Vermont’s visitation order must be recognized and registered
because of the federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. This law, both
courts said, supercedes Virginia’s Marriage Amendment and Marriage
Affirmation Act, as well as the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
Liberty Counsel attorneys representing Lisa Miller continue to file appeals
aimed at protecting Isabella from the emotionally traumatizing experiences
of forced visits with a lesbian women she barely knows. The latest appeal
explains that the “Full Faith and Credit” obligation does not require
Virginia to enforce the Vermont order.
“The road toward justice has taken a long and winding path, but we believe
the courts are getting closer to addressing the core issues in this case,”
said Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty
University School of Law. “The people of Virginia have plainly spoken in
favor of traditional marriage and have rejected same-sex unions. The
Virginia courts must now uphold the Constitution.”
The Protect Isabella Coalition is asking fellow Virginians to contact their
state delegates and senators and ask them to uphold the state’s marriage
laws, rein in judicial tyranny and stand up for Isabella.
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