Monday, April 14, 2008
Upcoming Virginia Supreme Court case
Please pray for Virginia residents Lisa Miller and her 6-year-old daughter Isabella. Miller, (in the middle of the picture) who is now a born again Christian, and little Isabella are living examples of what happens when God's definition of marriage and family is twisted and mocked. The Vermont Supreme Court recently granted Janet Jenkins, Miller's former lesbian partner, parental rights over Isabella even though Jenkins has no relationship to the little girl and is neither an adoptive nor a biological parent. The Virginia Supreme Court is now scheduled to hear oral arguments on Thursday, April 17, 2008, to determine whether Lisa and Isabella will be bound by the Vermont decision. The Virginia Supreme Court must decide whether it will respect the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Virginia's own constitution or whether it will allow Vermont to redefine marriage and family in the Commonwealth. In 2006, Virginia decisively passed (with 57 percent of the vote) a constitutional amendment which was designed to protect families against this exact type of attack. That amendment specifies that Virginia "shall not create or recognize" "civil unions" or "same-sex marriages" from other states, nor can it recognize rulings which stem from such "unions" (like Vermont's custody ruling).