What makes this case interesting is the dispute that has arisen between the two states, one that will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court and needs to be addressed by Congress and the people.
Vt. judge to hold hearing in civil-union custody case
The Associated Press
RUTLAND, Vt. -- A judge will decide after a hearing whether to penalize a Virginia woman who failed to comply with a child-custody ruling after the breakup of her civil union.
The women left Virginia and went to Vermont in 2000 to get a civil union. They returned home, where Lisa was artificially inseminated and gave birth to a baby girl, Isabella. Later, they moved to Vermont, where they lived together a little more than a year before splitting.
Courts in Virginia have ruled that the state has jurisdiction in the custody case. Virginia's Marriage Affirmation Act prohibits state institutions from recognizing same-sex civil unions.(link)
Beyond that, though, is the greater issue relating to the fact that the target in this case, Lisa Miller-Jenkins, decided recently that she's no longer a lesbian, which should give those who assert as fact the inherent nature of homosexuality some pause.
This case should make lawmakers and judges think twice before they decide to confer special rights on the confused and create turmoil in America's courts.