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Child Transfer in Lesbian Custody Case Scheduled for Today in Falls Church Fails to Materialize

The News-Press has learned that the planned transfer of the custody of the child of a former lesbian couple was slated to take place at the home of one of the couple’s parents in the Sleepy Hollow section of Falls Church today, but that it did not occur. “No one is talking on either side” at this time, a source told the News-Press this afternoon.

In November, a Vermont Family Court judge ordered Lisa Miller of Winchester, Va., to relinquish custody of her 7-year-old birth daughter, Isabella, to Miller’s former lesbian partner Janet Jenkins. Miller and Jenkins were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. According to the Associated Press, Isabella was joined to Miller through artificial insemination in 2002, and the couple broke up in 2003. Miller subsequently moved to Virginia and renounced homosexuality and became an evangelical Christian.

Judge Cohen awared custody of the girl to Jenkins on Nov. 20 after finding Miller in contempt of court for denying Jenkins access to the girl. On Dec. 22, Judge Cohen denied Miller’s request to delay the transfer of the child, but wrote, “It appears that Ms. Miller has ceased contact with her attorneys and disappeared with the minor child.”

The supreme courts of both Virginia and Vermont have ruled in favor of Judge Cohen’s order, saying the case was the same as a custody case dispute involving a heterosexual couple, and upon appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

The transfer of custody was to have taken place today at the home of Jenkins’ parents in Sleepy Hollow.

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