Skip to comments.ACLU’s Request to Jail Lisa Miller Fails in Virginia Court
Posted on 08/25/2009 12:34:06 PM PDT by Gopher Broke
ACLUs Request to Jail Lisa Miller Fails in Virginia Court
August 25, 2009 www.LC.org
Winchester, VA Earlier today, Liberty Counsel appeared in court to defend Lisa Miller from a complaint filed by the ACLU of Virginia on behalf of Janet Jenkins. The ACLU asked the judge to order Lisa to jail for not delivering her own daughter, Isabella, to Vermont for unsupervised visitation with Janet. The ACLU also requested Lisa to pay attorneys fees and costs. No jail time was ordered and the court rejected the ACLUs request for money.
Although the court ruled that Lisa had violated a Vermont judges visitation order, no fines were assessed against her. The court ordered that Lisa pay $100 per day for pending visitation orders issued in Vermont, but there are no pending visitation orders at this time. The ACLU vigorously argued against Liberty Counsels requested change of venue to Bedford County, where Lisa lives and Isabella attends school. However, the court ruled that future disputes in this case will be heard in Bedford County.
This fall the Virginia Court of Appeals will hear oral argument on the issue of whether Virginia must enforce Vermonts orders in this case. The appeals court previously ruled that Virginia must recognize Vermonts orders but has not ruled on the enforcement issue. Liberty Counsel has maintained that Virginia courts cannot enforce child custody orders arising out of Vermont same-sex civil unions.
Last year a Vermont judge gave Janet Jenkins visitation rights with Lisas daughter. Last week Liberty Counsel appeared in Vermont to answer a complaint by Janet, asking the judge to change custody from Lisa to Janet. Janet is a practicing lesbian, who is neither Isabellas biological nor her adoptive mother.
Unrefuted testimony has shown that for the last five years, Janet has neither attempted to phone nor write Isabella. She has never sent Isabella a card of any kind for any occasion. Janet has refused to attend Isabellas Christmas plays because she does not want to be around a Christian environment. She has also said that it is not in Isabellas best interest to be raised in a Christian home. The Vermont judge is withholding a ruling on Janets request for custody of Isabella pending the outcome of todays hearing in Virginia.
Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: I am very pleased that Isabella will have her mother with her tonight where she belongs, rather than in the jail cell the ACLU originally intended. We look forward to the court of appeals, for the first time later this year, addressing the enforcement of this Vermont same-sex civil union order. Virginias Constitution and public policy clearly do not recognize orders arising from same-sex civil unions. Virginia law affirms the common sense definition of marriage between one man and one woman.
Good thing neither of the women or the girl was named Virginia which would of made a poorly written story even even worse.
Sorry ACLU - Virginia ain’t Vermont.
The “American Civil ‘LIBERAL’ Union” can KISS MY A$$!!!!!
This is a violation of the mother's parental rights and imposes an aberrant lifestyle on a child.
1) Where's dad?
2) Does this Vermont judge understand that this kind of ruling can get people killed in other states?
Back door legal action to legalise you know what.
Dispicable because a child is being used.
The ACLU of Virginia? As I recall, those people are some of the sickest pedophiles on the planet. I think the president of the Virginia ACLU even went to jail forever for some of the sickest child porn law enforcement authorities have ever seen. No kidding. Lemme check Google... Yeah, here’s the story, from ABC News:
Ahhhh: the trials and tribulations of those who prefer to carry on their sick agenda, and then drag kids into their perversions.
A glaring example of the Total Depravity of Man (The Judges involved and the Women too).
If Janet isn’t the mother, (foster or otherwise) why is she so desperate to get (demand!) such extreme control over the child - other than, as mentioned, pure hatred of anything Christian in her life?
The f’n lawyers love this stuff.
Lisa Miller and her daughter, Isabella (photo courtesy Barbara Curtis)