Miller files appeal in lesbian-custody case

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A Virginia woman is continuing her battle to deny child-visitation rights to her former lesbian partner.

In their brief filed Tuesday with the Virginia Court of Appeals, Lisa Miller’s attorneys argue that Virginia isn’t required to enforce a Vermont court order awarding Janet Jenkins visitation rights to the 6-year-old girl.

Miller’s lawyers say federal law can recognize the order, but can’t force Virginia to enforce it. They also argue that an amendment to the Virginia Constitution bars same-sex marriage and enforcement of same-sex civil unions.

Virginia and Vermont courts have ruled numerous times in Jenkins’ favor.

Jenkins’ visitation battle started after the dissolution of the civil union she and Miller obtained in Vermont in 2000. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear Miller’s appeals.

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