December 31, 2009

Evangelical "Ex-Gay" Breaks Law, Disappears With Child

Evangelicals who claim a desire to be like Jesus should pay a little more attention to the New Testament, since He did not break laws during his time on Earth.  Violate customs and traditions, yes, but no law breaking.  Why, then, do some evangelicals think it is okay for them to break a law or court ruling that they don't agree with?  Here's another example from the New York Times:

The biological mother of a 7-year-old Virginia girl must transfer custody of the child to her former partner, a Vermont family court judge has ruled, adding that it seemed as though the mother had “disappeared” with the girl.

The judge ordered the mother, Lisa Miller of Winchester, Va., to turn over the child, Isabella, to her former partner, Janet Jenkins, at 1 p.m. Friday at the Virginia home of Ms. Jenkins’s parents.

The case of the two women fighting over their daughter has attracted national attention, with judges in Vermont and Virginia at odds about whether a child can have two mothers.

Ms. Miller and Ms. Jenkins were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. Isabella was born to Ms. Miller through artificial insemination in 2002. The couple broke up in 2003, and Ms. Miller moved to Virginia, renounced homosexuality and became an evangelical Christian.

When William D. Cohen, the family court judge in Vermont, dissolved the civil union in 2007, he awarded custody to Ms. Miller but granted liberal visitation rights to Ms. Jenkins.

The Supreme Courts of Virginia and Vermont ruled in favor of Ms. Jenkins on visitation rights, saying the case was the same as a custody dispute between a heterosexual couple. The United States Supreme Court declined to hear Ms. Miller’s appeal.

On Nov. 20, Judge Cohen awarded custody to Ms. Jenkins after finding Ms. Miller in contempt of court for denying Ms. Jenkins access to the girl. The judge said the only way to ensure equal access to the child was to switch custody.

But in a Dec. 22 order denying a request by Ms. Miller to delay the transfer of custody, Judge Cohen wrote: “It appears that Ms. Miller has ceased contact with her attorneys and disappeared with the minor child.”

Ms. Miller’s lawyer, Mathew D. Staver, declined to comment.

A listing for Lisa Miller in Winchester, Va., said the phone line had been disconnected.

1 comment:

  1. She must feel much pain I do feel bad for her. She has renounced homosexuality, she can be celibate or live a lie but she cannot change her orientation no matter what she may claim but hopefully she will learn that Jesus loves all his children.