An ex-gay mother failed to give up
custody of her 7-year-old daughter to her former lesbian partner on
Friday, ABC News reported.
Lisa Miller, 41, fled her 4 year civil
union to Janet Jenkins, 45, and renounced being gay in 2004, moving
herself and the couple's 17-month-old daughter, Isabella, from
Vermont to Virginia.
In dissolving the couple's civil union,
a Vermont judge originally awarded Miller, who is the biological
mother through artificial insemination, custody of the child but
granted liberal visitation rights to Jenkins. The court, however,
reversed the ruling on November 20, awarding custody to Jenkins,
after it found Miller to be in contempt of court for denying Jenkins
“She's very disappointed, obviously,”
said Sarah Star, Jenkins' Vermont lawyer. “She's very concern
about Isabella and asks that if anybody sees Isabella, that they
please contact the authorities.”
Upon leaving the relationship, Miller
renounced being gay, calling it a “sin,” and became an
“[Isabella] knows that Ms. Jenkins'
choice to continue to live a homosexual lifestyle is a sin,” Miller
said in court documents.
Vermont Family Court Judge William
Cohen noted in his order that Miller had stopped speaking to her
attorneys and appeared to have“disappeared” with Isabella.