Thanks to Vermont’s adamant support for homosexual “civil unions,” Lisa Miller, a former lesbian turned Christian, is being charged with “parental kidnapping” of her own biological daughter. Following court decisions that mandated child visiting rights for Janet Jenkins, Lisa’s former lesbian partner, Lisa and her daughter fled to a Nicaraguan Mennonite community to escape the anti-Christian “justice” system in Vermont.
Here’s the background:
Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins were joined in a homosexual civil union back in 2000 in Vermont shortly after Vermont became the first state to offer such unions. They decided to have a child. Obviously, since these types of unions cannot ever biologically result in a conception, they chose the in-vitro fertilization route. Lisa Miller was artificially inseminated and in April of 2002, a daughter was born. Her name is Isabella. Not long into their union, Lisa and Janet began having problems. Lisa started to realize that her homosexual lifestyle was sinful. She even prayed during her difficult pregnancy with Isabella that if God would provide a safe delivery for her child, she would promise to give up her homosexual lifestyle.
In 2003, Lisa and Janet separated, and a year later their union was officially dissolved (in marital terms, they were divorced). A Vermont judge granted that Lisa be given custody of Isabella and gave Janet visiting rights. Lisa, having renounced her former lifestyle and professed faith in Christ, moved back to Virginia where homosexual unions are not recognized. Virginia courts upheld Lisa’s right to withhold Janet from visiting Isabella on the grounds that Ms. Jenkins is not her mother and that she never even adopted the child. For 2 years, Lisa was able to bar Janet from seeing Isabella.
But then the Virginia Supreme Court decided that Vermont still had jurisdiction. The Vermont court refused to cancel the visitations and instead put forth a new visitation schedule in spite of expert testimony showing that Isabella was actually being traumatized by her “other mother.” She was exhibiting behavior that showed signs of extreme anxiety. In an interview with LifeSiteNews in 2008, Lisa recounted some disturbing details:
Last year, Isabella put a comb up to her neck and said she wanted to kill herself after one of the visits. She took a comb and pressed it into her neck and said, ‘I want to kill myself.’ I don’t know where she got that. It was immediately after a visit… She also started openly masturbating which is not something that my child has done… She is 6 now but this started when she was 5 – after visits. The very first time that Janet ever saw Isabella after the two and a half years, her very first over-night visit – the court ordered it and I allowed it because it was in Virginia and she was supposed to have been supervised by her parents, Isabella came home and said, ‘Mommy, will you please tell Janet that I don’t have to take a bath anymore at her house.’ I asked her what happened. She said, ‘Janet took a bath with me.’ I asked her if she had a bathing suit on. ‘No, Mommy.’ She had no clothes on and it totally scared Isabella. She had never seen this woman except once in 2 ½ years and she takes a bath with her.
The Vermont judge apparently didn’t care about the child’s well-being. Since Lisa Miller was refusing to comply with the visitation schedule, the judge ordered that Janet be given custody of Isabella. Fearing for her child’s well-being, Lisa ended up fleeing to a Nicaraguan Mennonite community with help from work friends who owned property there and found herself and her daughter in hiding. Kenneth Miller is the Mennonite minister who came to Lisa’s aid and has been helping her ever since (same last name, but of no relation to Lisa).
But now Lisa is considered a fugitive and all those who helped transport her out of the country are being charged with “aiding and abetting a parental kidnapping.” Both Interpol and the FBI are after Lisa and Isabella. Kenneth Miller is looking at 3 years in prison when sentenced. Others involved will have charges dropped if they help locate Lisa and her daughter.
How can anyone not see that this situation is completely unjust? How can the judge consider Lisa’s withholding her own daughter from her ex-partner “kidnapping?” In reality, Janet had absolutely nothing to do with Isabella. And the judge wants to give Janet full custody of the child in spite of the fact that Isabella is traumatized by Janet. There would have been no case had Vermont not championed homosexual marriage in the first place.
This case makes those on the left angry because it involves a homosexual deciding not to be a homosexual anymore. Liberals hate hearing that. They keep telling themselves that homosexuals are “born that way,” that they can’t change. But they can, and Lisa Miller is living proof. In a letter published on the Mennonites’ website, they stated:
“The fact is that suddenly we find ourselves having to choose between obeying God or man-made laws. We have chosen to obey God. We are willing to give up our rights, go to jail or even die for the cause of helping anyone become free from a sinful life and helping that person to live in obedience to God’s Word.”
And in this day and age, living in “obedience to God’s Word” makes you a criminal, and judges rule in favor of the wicked. “When the wicked rise, men hide themselves; But when they perish, the righteous increase.” (Proverbs 28:28)