Vermont Supreme Court hears re-appeal of lesbian custody case

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The Vermont Supreme Court will decide again whether a Virginia woman should be able to prevent her former lesbian partner from having contact with her 5-year-old child.

Yesterday attorneys for Lisa Miller-Jenkins asked the court to revisit the issue, which was decided in favor of Janet Miller-Jenkins in 2006.

The two Virginia residents were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000, but later split up. Lisa had a child in 2002 and a Vermont family court awarded Janet visitation rights.

Lisa argues that since Virginia law doesn’t recognize civil unions, her former partner shouldn’t have parental rights.

The court could have a decision as early as today.

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