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Children in the "Gay Marriage" Crosshairs
Concerned Women for America ^ | 7/3/08 | J. Matt Barber

Posted on 07/05/2008 9:56:26 AM PDT by wagglebee

You've probably heard the relativist line that goes something like this: "'Gay marriage' won't hurt anyone. Live and let live, already!"

Well, don't buy it for a minute.

With its recent 4-3 opinion - which arrogantly presumed to redefine the millennia-old definition of legitimate marriage - the California Supreme Court daftly divined that the framers of the California Constitution intended - all along, I guess - that Patrick Henry really had a constitutional right to "marry" Henry Patrick. In so doing, four black-robed Dr. Frankensteins have loosed that paradoxical abomination tagged same-sex "marriage" on the countryside.

"Abomination," you say? Isn't that a bit strong?

Nope. God used it. And I'll give just one example of many as to why He did. Keep in mind, though: If California voters fail to pass a constitutional amendment in November to undo this extremist act of judicial social engineering, we can expect thousands more examples just like it.

Virginia resident Lisa Miller, mother of 6-year-old Isabella Miller, was involved in homosexuality for a short time. Thankfully, she found freedom from the destructive "gay" lifestyle - as so many others have done - through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and, along with Isabella, is now a Christian.

For the past five years or so, Lisa and Isabella have been trying to live their lives in peace at home in Virginia. But unfortunately, they've been unable to do so, as Lisa's dark past has come back to haunt them. They've been the target of a vicious legal attack by militant homosexual activists that places Vermont's civil union laws ("gay marriage" by another name) directly at odds with the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, Virginia's Marriage Affirmation Act and the Virginia Constitution.

Outrageously, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in March that Lisa must share custody of her own daughter with Janet Jenkins, a woman who was, for a brief time, Lisa's lesbian "civil partner." Jenkins is entirely unrelated to Isabella and, for the most part, is a total stranger to the little girl. Although Jenkins is neither a biological parent nor an adoptive parent, Vermont's highest court determined that - because of a brief "civil union" from a weekend jaunt to Vermont back in 2000 - Jenkins, who hadn't seen Isabella since she was little over a year old, must be granted "parental" rights and visitation.

Little Isabella - who is both terrified by Jenkins and understandably confused by this stranger's bizarre lifestyle - has suffered tremendous emotional trauma as a result. There are even concerns about her physical safety.

But it gets much worse. Because Christianity is Biblically incompatible with unrepentant homosexuality, and since Lisa teaches Isabella God's express design for human sexuality (one man, one woman within the bonds of marriage), Jenkins has claimed in the past that Lisa is an unfit parent. Precisely because Lisa is a Christian, Jenkins has essentially argued that she's not fit to raise her very own daughter.

But it gets worse yet. On June 18, in an act that can only be described as pure evil, Jenkins' attorneys filed a "Motion for Transfer of Both Sole Legal and Physical [Custody]" of Isabella to Janet Jenkins. Yes, you read that right. This unrelated, near-perfect stranger and her single-minded homosexual activist attorneys are trying to permanently rip this horrified child from her mother's loving embrace as a sacrifice to the gods of postmodern homo-fascism. Unfortunately, with the history of this Vermont court, the motion may well be granted.

Still, there is a silver lining to this tragic story. Attorneys with Liberty Counsel, the Christian civil liberties law firm representing Lisa and Isabella Miller, have filed an action in Virginia asking the Commonwealth to respect its Marriage Affirmation Act, the federal DOMA and Virginia's constitution, which stipulates that Virginia "shall not create or recognize" "civil unions" or same-sex "marriages" from other states, nor can it recognize rulings which stem from such "unions" (such as Vermont's custody ruling).

This pits the laws of Vermont directly against the laws of Virginia. If Virginia does the right thing and tells Vermont to keep its "civil unions" to itself, the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately have to resolve the conflict.

But on a larger scale, Lisa and Isabella's tragic story demonstrates that it's all too often children who are ultimately victimized by state-recognized immorality. It's the children who suffer when adults selfishly depart from God's intended design for human sexuality and marriage - as reaffirmed by Christ's teachings in the New Testament - and enter into counterfeit homosexual "civil unions" or same-sex "marriages."

So-called same-sex "parenting" willfully deprives a child of his or her mother or father and is fundamentally immoral for that reason (among others). We know conclusively that it's best for children to be raised with both mom and dad. It's not always possible, but even with single parenting, there's always the chance that the other half - an adoptive mother or father - will enter the picture.

We need only rely on common sense, but the preponderance of research has proven that a mother and a father each possess unique qualities central in helping to formulate who a child ultimately becomes.

While standing before the Courts of Justice Committee of the Virginia Senate in 2005, Robert Knight, former Director of Concerned Women for America's (CWA) Culture and Family Institute, testified to the following:

"In 2001, a team of pro-homosexual researchers from the University of Southern California did a meta-analysis of 'gay parenting' studies and published a refreshingly honest article in American Sociological Review, '(How) Does the Sexual Orientation of Parents Matter?'

"The authors concluded that, yes, studies show that girls are more likely to 'be sexually adventurous and less chaste,' including being more likely to try lesbianism, and that boys are more likely to have 'fluid' conceptions of gender roles, and that researchers should stop trying to cover this up in the hopes of pursuing a pro-homosexual agenda. The researchers said, in effect: 'Some of the kids are more likely to turn out gay or bisexual, but so what?'"

Ultimately, though, it all boils down to simple biology. It's impossible for a "gay" pair to have a child without utilizing the mechanics of natural procreation. They have no choice but to bring an opposite-sex third party into the picture. A child like Isabella can't really have two mommies (or three mommies; Jenkins is reportedly in a new lesbian relationship). She can have only one mommy and a daddy (who in this case was an anonymous sperm donor).

Jenkins and others like her are laboring under an unfortunate delusion. They're not mom, mommy, mother or mum. They're not even "step-mom." The closest thing they are to family is, well, kind of like mommy's fun friend who made you call her Aunt Meg.

But none of this matters to today's postmodern moral relativists. They have a specific agenda in mind: to completely redefine reality-based marriage and family into oblivion, no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Lisa and little Isabella are just two of the latest victims of that agenda. Unfortunately, if this perversion of justice in California is left to stand, and if Virginia chooses not to rebuff Vermont's outrageous ruling in the Lisa Miller case, there will be many, many more.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Vermont; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: culturewars; cwa; homosexualadoption; homosexualagenda; homosexualmarriage; lisamiller; moralabsolutes
But none of this matters to today's postmodern moral relativists. They have a specific agenda in mind: to completely redefine reality-based marriage and family into oblivion, no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Precisely!

1 posted on 07/05/2008 9:56:26 AM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 07/05/2008 9:57:24 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

The radical liberal left is going to screw up more kids lives than one can imagine, all the while THEY HAVE NO CONCERN FOR THE CONSEQUENCES OF THEIR ACTIONS -— like all radical left liberals....

Twisted, sick, perverted JERKS!


3 posted on 07/05/2008 10:03:53 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: wagglebee
******Little Isabella - who is both terrified by Jenkins and understandably confused by this stranger's bizarre lifestyle - has suffered tremendous emotional trauma as a result. There are even concerns about her physical safety.******

What is Jenkins’ unmentioned reason for wanting to assume control of an innocent child. Go ahead; tell me. I'm sure she wants a little sexual playmate. The woman has a corrupted mind.

4 posted on 07/05/2008 10:15:32 AM PDT by GOPologist (Illigitimi non carborundum.)
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To: wagglebee

umm.

Lisa Miller is still a lesbian. I dont buy it. I think her love for her daughter was strong enough to make her celibate perhaps. but ...yeah. You get my point. That is just my opinion. I could be wrong....

I have mixed feelings on all of this. I am a Christian. I do believe in the word of God. but there are gays in my family who are great folks.

As some one who is prolife. I believe a child is better off with a couple of gay parents than they are aborted.


5 posted on 07/05/2008 10:15:39 AM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Dont stop believin... John McCain in 08 !)
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To: EagleUSA

What a Brave New World, Liberals and Progressives - where a child is caught in the crosshairs. Sow to the Wind and reap the Whirlwind. Brave New World - Corinthianized.


6 posted on 07/05/2008 10:19:05 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
I have mixed feelings on all of this. I am a Christian. I do believe in the word of God. but there are gays in my family who are great folks. As some one who is prolife. I believe a child is better off with a couple of gay parents than they are aborted.

Anyone selfishly and spitefully trying to wrest a child away from her mother leaves the ranks of "great folks", IMO. Whether or not they are in my family. My feelings aren't at all mixed about it.

What does abortion have to do with this? Babies aren't being aborted for want of regular married people who would be happy to parent them. Abortion/gay parents aren't the either/or for the girl in this case.

7 posted on 07/05/2008 10:32:55 AM PDT by jabchae
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Lisa Miller is still a lesbian. I dont buy it.

And you get to dictate the sexual preference of a woman you've never met...why?

8 posted on 07/05/2008 10:34:15 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (We are all humans, and humans poo.)
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To: wagglebee

I will be shocked if the Commonwealth of Virginia allows this child to be taken away from her biological mother.


9 posted on 07/05/2008 10:38:10 AM PDT by freespirited (Never vote for a man who gets his nails done.)
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To: jabchae

I think this woman grew longer hair and put on make up to play the system. I do not think it is genuine. That was a mistake on her part.

why not be honest. she overplayed her hand.


10 posted on 07/05/2008 10:39:10 AM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Dont stop believin... John McCain in 08 !)
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To: LongElegantLegs

Okay, There is a method to my reasoning.

You ever notice how people suddenly “change” when they are about to go to court. People develop bad backs and other conditions. 9 out of 10 times, it is an act.

On one hand. I admire this woman based on her love for her daughter. That is not in doubt.


11 posted on 07/05/2008 10:43:46 AM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Dont stop believin... John McCain in 08 !)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
Anyone selfishly and spitefully trying to wrest a child away from her mother leaves the ranks of "great folks", IMO. What does the mother's hairstyle/makeup/shaving habits/genuineness have to do with this? Why should the mother's former roommate have any access to her child?

What does abortion have to do with this? Babies aren't being aborted for want of regular married people who would be happy to parent them. Abortion/gay parents aren't the either/or for the girl in this case.

I don't know what hand she overplayed. If the mother doesn't want the roommate to be with the child, that's seems an adequate reason. Why should she have to play any hand?

I am being honest. I know enough former lesbians to believe she could be one. I don't have personal knowledge of this woman proving otherwise. Do you?

12 posted on 07/05/2008 10:50:24 AM PDT by jabchae
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
You ever notice how people suddenly “change” when they are about to go to court. People develop bad backs and other conditions. 9 out of 10 times, it is an act.

This woman suddenly changed because she was going to court? Could you please post your source. You seem to know a lot about this woman that isn't in the article.

13 posted on 07/05/2008 10:53:17 AM PDT by jabchae
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

The civil union is from 2000. The former partner has not seen the little girl since she was just over a year old.
That’s five years. Hardly a convenient last minute conversion.

Inclination may be not be voluntary, but sexuality is a choice. This women has chosen not to be a lesbian for five years.

And leaving that aside for a moment, do you think the court would be entertaining this case if it was a non-related male trying to get sole custody of a former lover’s daughter? Ha! Unless he could prove some kind of physical abuse he’d be laughed out of the courthouse, and rightly so.


14 posted on 07/05/2008 10:54:45 AM PDT by LongElegantLegs (We are all humans, and humans poo.)
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To: LongElegantLegs

You do have a point there. I do not agree with the judges descision. it is crazy.


15 posted on 07/05/2008 10:57:42 AM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Dont stop believin... John McCain in 08 !)
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To: wagglebee

Supreme Court of Virgina has upheld the Vermont court’s visitation order.


16 posted on 07/05/2008 11:03:58 AM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

It’s not as though the choice is: gay parents or aborted.

There are other alternatives!

I am a Christian and work with a lot of homosexuals in the medical field. I don’t hate them at all. I am genuinely fond of those I work with.

I have family members who live together with their boyfriends. I don’t hate them either.

I have family members who have divorced for wrong (extraBiblical) reasons. I still love them.

But I won’t pretend homosexuality, fornication, or adultery is ok.


17 posted on 07/05/2008 11:04:41 AM PDT by Marie2 (It's time for a ban on handgun bans)
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To: Marie2

“But I won’t pretend homosexuality, fornication, or adultery is ok.”

I agree. Sin is sin. In any of the above sins as well as other sins we do/say, a Christian must turn to Christ and the ways of the Bible, ask for forgiveness, and sin no more. My humble opinion!!


18 posted on 07/05/2008 12:46:40 PM PDT by YouGoTexasGirl
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To: wagglebee
The article is right. No matter how many times this type of thing occurs, we'll still have people assure us that the homosexual agenda involves nothing more than “live and let live”. The homos can try to seize children. They can demand the “right” to have sex in public parks. They can haul the Boy Scouts into court over and over. They can try to shut down speech they disagree with. They can pass draconian “anti-discrimination” laws forcing employers, landlords, private contractors, and others to accept their behavior. They can use the public schools to propagandize children and indoctrinate them in the homo lifestyle. They can do all these things, and more, and we'll still have people show up here and tell us that all the homos want is to be left alone in the privacy of their bedrooms.
19 posted on 07/05/2008 1:48:01 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: wagglebee
Marriage is not just about what adults want. Its about the children and that's an issue overlooked by liberal activist judges who rush to impose same sex marriage upon society without considering how it might affect them. Every child needs one parent of the opposite sex. Gays may not like to acknowledge it but every family needs a father and a mother. Period.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

20 posted on 07/05/2008 2:06:08 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative
They are called lipstick lesbians.
21 posted on 07/05/2008 10:23:27 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: svcw

If you recall the original posting of this. The Lesbian is suing the birth mother on the grounds that her Christianity makes her a unfit mother.


22 posted on 07/07/2008 10:49:26 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Marie2

I don’t hate them at all. I am genuinely fond of those I work with.

* * * * * * *

Just curious, then how does your “disapproval” manifest itself?


23 posted on 01/02/2010 4:48:11 AM PST by LussaO
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To: wagglebee

24 posted on 01/02/2010 4:50:36 AM PST by paulycy (AMERICA: Less safe. Less free. More broke.)
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To: LussaO

I don’t know that my “disapproval” manifests itself to my homosexual co-workers.

They know I am married, church going, have kids, home school. So they may or may not know that it is my opinion that homosexual behavior is a sin.

If they ask me, I’d tell them. But I don’t offer my opinions about these matters at work. Work is work. I am congenial and friendly to the people I work with.

I don’t have to think someone is a practicing Christian in order to like them, or even love them.


25 posted on 01/02/2010 7:22:05 PM PST by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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