VA High Court Rules Lesbian Custody Case

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Two very different verdicts from Virginia's high court this week in separate custody battles between former lesbian partners.

First, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Friday that ex-lesbian Lisa Miller had no right to deny child visitation to her former lesbian partner, Janet Jenkins. CBN News first reported on the case, Miller vs. Jenkins, in April.

The two women had entered a civil union in Vermont in 2000. Two years later, Miller gave birth to a daughter conceived through artificial insemination. But after Miller became a born-again Christian, the women split-up and their civil union was dissolved.

After the split, a Vermont ruling gave Miller custody and her former lesbian partner child visitation.

Miller appealed the visitation rights, not wanting her daughter in contact with Jenkins' lifestyle. But this week, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld the lower court's order.

In a separate but similar case decided on Tuesday, the state's high court ruled that the biological mother of a child conceived during a lesbian relationship had the right to prevent visitation to her former lesbian partner. The court's decision in that case was unanimous.

The Liberty Council, a pro-family advocacy group, has been fighting to prevent similar same-sex custody cases from redefining the rights of biological parents.

Click the play to watch as Liberty Council attorney Mat Staver speaks with CBN News on the significance of both rulings.

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