The two women lived in Virginia but went to Vermont to obtain a civil union in 2000. The couple split in Vermont, and Lisa Miller moved back to Virginia with her daughter after renouncing her homosexuality.
So Virginia residents moved to Vermont to get a gay marriage that is not even recognized in Virgina (and I think the DOMA said Virginia doesn't have to recognize it), and one of them moved back to Virginia with her biological child which Virginia doesn't recognize as the child of the "friend". Left unsaid is whether they changed domiciles, and if so, whether the mother changed domicile back to Virginia when she returned. It doesn't take any specific length of time to establish domicile, just a presence in the state and an intention to make it your residence.
Also unreported in this article is whether the legal action was started in vermont when both were living there. If so, she was indeed subject to Vermont's jurisdiction. That is why I was asking the question, to sort out how she became subject to Vermont, given the DOMA and other jurisdictional issues. As you can see from reading the article, a lower VA court said VT can suck it. I think that is probably the proper ruling, and that a leftist appeals court screwed it up. The point of DOMA is that states that are not progressive hellholes don't have to go along with those that are about gay marriage.
So, don't live your day being a jerk.
Life Site News ^ | 9 December 2011 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
Posted on 12/10/2011 9:08:06 AM by IbJensen
(LifeSiteNews.com) - The Obama administration has indicted a second individual suspected of helping a nine-year-old girl escape a custody claim by an unrelated lesbian, who is seeking to take custody of her from her natural mother.
According to the Associated Press, 46-year old Kenneth L. Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, appeared in federal court on Tuesday to face charges of international parental kidnapping for helping Lisa Miller (42) and her daughter Isabella (9) to travel to Canada and ultimately Nicaragua.
The Virginia resident reportedly contacted associates in Nicaragua and Canada to request their support for Lisa Miller as she fled the United States in 2009, and instructed individuals to purchase plane tickets for Lisa and Isabella.
A Mennonite pastor, Timothy Timo Miller, had previously been indicted for his alleged role in helping Lisa Miller and her daughter to leave the country.
The pair had fled the United States to protect Isabella from a court-ordered custody transfer to Janet Jenkins, an unrelated lesbian with whom Miller was joined several years in a Vermont civil union.
According to reports Pastor Timothy Miller has cut a deal with prosecutors to cooperate in the case. The AP reports that the affidavit against Kenneth Miller indicates that Timothy Miller was a source of information about the formers alleged involvement.
None of the Millers in the case are related, reports the AP.
Although Jenkins is unrelated to Isabella and never adopted her, Vermont judge Richard Cohen granted Jenkins parental rights and ordered regular, unsupervised visits. The order was made despite sworn testimony from mental health professionals and her mothers statements suggesting that Isabella was suffering serious emotional trauma from the visits.
Isabella Miller-Jenkins was born to Lisa Miller following artificial insemination while Miller was living with Jenkins in the civil union. Miller soon left the relationship, claiming psychological and physical abuse, returned to her childhood faith in Christ, and renounced lesbianism.
After Miller fought the court-ordered visits for several years, and failed to deliver her daughter to Jenkins for further visits, Judge Cohen ordered that Isabella be forced into the custody of Jenkins in 2009. However, Miller and her daughter had already disappeared.