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Lisa & Isabella MillerLisa Miller is still fighting to protect her daughter from her former lesbian partner, and the Vermont courts.

By Nathan A. Cherry

Martinsburg, W.V. – The homosexual agenda of legalized same-sex marriage seems like a litigation nightmare. With long-term relationships at nearly nil in comparison with traditional marriage the litigation implications are overwhelming, and ultimately costly to tax-payers who will be footing a portion of the bill.

Take for example the case of Lisa Miller. Miller, who once shared a lesbian relationship with Janet Jenkins, is being threatened with the loss of her daughter if she does not comply with a Vermont judge’s order for visitation to Jenkins of her now 7 year old daughter Isabella.

Coming from a parent’s perspective this is a difficult case. For approximately five years both women were “parents” to Isabella. Now, after becoming a Christian, Miller wants nothing more to do with Jenkins and doesn’t want her daughter involved with her either. For Miller this is a case of mother protecting child. For Jenkins this is a case of fighting for an, essentially, adopted child. You can see the difficulty.

I side with Miller for the overall health and well-being of the child. Isabella has expressed that she does not want to visit Jenkins for several reasons; least of which is that she is made to bathe nude with her. She has also spoken of wanting to kill herself after visits with Jenkins. And now she is being threatened by the same Vermont judge that imposed the visitation rights with the loss of Isabella if she does not comply. She is truly between a rock and a hard place. She is morally obligated to protect her child, but the state is not helping her to do that as it should.

This is the tangled mess that legalizing same-sex marriage will create more of. With people constantly leaving the homosexual lifestyle, a fact the homosexual activist’s do not like hearing and refuse to admit despite an overwhelming amount of empirical evidence, legalizing an unnatural and unstable union will only serve to further entangle families in these kinds of legal battles.

The courts have long been the unsung defenders and heroes of children. But sadly, the Vermont courts and Judge Cohen have failed. By playing political games and getting involved in culture wars Judge Cohen has neglected his responsibility to defend an innocent little girl from dangers that he is too distracted to see.

This case has brought to light the issue of biology and parental rights in same-sex cases. Only one woman is biologically the parent of Isabella. Should her rights as the biological mother trump all other parties? Precedent has always seemed to agree that biology comes first in custody cases. But with the same-sex battle come issues never before considered in-depth by the courts and judicial system. Some say the issue is just as if a couple had adopted a child and then split. Both, being parents of the adopted child, have an equal interest in the child.

But that is not the case here, or in many same-sex cases. Both parents are not adoptive parents. One parent is a biological parent and, like it or not, that carries greater weight in these issues of custody; or at least it should.

Our prayers are with Lisa Miller and Isabella. We know that a mother will fight like a lioness to protect her children and expect nothing less from Ms. Miller. But most of all we hope the courts will do all in its power to protect an innocent child caught in a culture war.


Written by Nathan Cherry

September 25, 2009 at 10:06 am

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