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Breaking: A “First-of-Its-Kind” Ruling in Jenkins-Miller Custody Case

In what the Vermont Rutland Herald is calling “a first-of-its kind parent custody change,” Judge William Cohen of the Rutland Family Court yesterday granted sole custody of 7-year-old Isabella Miller to her non-biological mother, Janet Jenkins. Jenkins has been fighting her former partner Lisa Miller for visitation for years now. Miller says she is no […]

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But Wait, There’s More: Latest in Miller-Jenkins Case

It’s the case that will not end. The custody battle between Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins, has dragged on for years. Miller, the bio mom, who now says she is no longer a lesbian, most recently tried in Virginia to block enforcement of a Vermont order granting Jenkins visitation rights with their seven-year-old daughter Isabella. […]

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Who Is a Parent? Miller-Jenkins Custody Case in Washington Post

The Washington Post has a lengthy article on the child-custody case involving former partners Janet and Lisa Miller-Jenkins. (I’ve covered this case several times before.) The Post says: These lawyers . . . are debating questions so profound that the answers have the power to affect legions of families gay and straight: Who is a […]

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LGBT Parenting Roundup: SCOTUS Edition

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Today’s the day the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the first of two cases that could spell the beginning of the end for marriage inequality in our country. Here are some of the stories that show the impact the Court’s ruling could have on same-sex couples and their children—and the impact our families could have on the ruling.

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LGBT Parenting Roundup

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Personal stories, political moves, and celebrity news I haven’t covered elsewhere (or that bear repeating).

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A few articles for your reading pleasure this week, including two at the end that remind us how not to behave as lesbian moms.

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New Standards for Same-Sex Parents and their Attorneys in Custody Disputes

If you’ve been following news about LGBT parents for any length of time, you’ve probably come across at least one, if not several, examples of custody cases in which a biological parent tries to deny custody to a former same-sex partner and non-biological parent, claiming that the latter is not really a parent to the […]

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Politics and Law Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that will give married, opposite-sex couples “placement preference” in the adoption of children, when all other factors are equal. The Virginia State Board of Social Services voted not to approve a proposal from former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) that would have prohibited discrimination against potential […]

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An LGBT Parenting Year in Review

(Originally published as my Mombian newspaper column, hence the slightly belated posting here. But it’s still January, so I figure it’s still good.)

As 2010 gives way to 2011, let us ask: How has the year been in terms of political and legal progress for LGBT parents and our children?

The most notable parenting-specific win of the year was arguably Florida’s judicial overturning of its ban on adoption by gay men or lesbians. Mississippi, however, continues to ban same-sex couples from adopting, and Arkansas, Michigan, and Utah ban unmarried couples, which means essentially the same thing. The federal Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would have withheld federal funds from states and other entities that discriminate against gay men and lesbians in adoption or foster care placements, was introduced in March, but failed to make it out of committee.

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Politics and Law Equality Florida gave this year’s Voice For Equality Award to Martin Gill, the gay father whose case brought down the state’s anti-gay adoption law. Equality Florida executive director Nadine Smith also announced that she and her spouse are expecting a child next May. Congratulations to all! The U.S. Supreme Court refused to […]

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The Mama Grizzlies vs. the Mama Lezzies

(A new report came out yesterday that reevaluated the reasons California’s Prop 8 passed in November 2008. Among the findings (my emphasis): The most effective decision made by either campaign—the one with the biggest impact on the outcome—was Yes on 8’s decision to appeal to appeal to anti-gay prejudice by dishonestly alleging danger to kids. […]

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Politics and Law The Labor Department will expand its interpretation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to allow non-legal, non-biological parents to take leave to care for the legal children of a same-sex partner. Labor won’t officially announce the news until Wednesday, so stay tuned for further details. The AP reported that the […]

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LGBT Parenting Roundup

Here’s what’s been happening while we’ve been celebrating Memorial Day and Blogging for LGBT Families Day: Politics and Law “Ex-lesbian” mom Lisa Miller is rumored to have fled the country with the eight-year-old daughter she was supposed to turn over to the girl’s other mom, Janet Jenkins. Jenkins’ attorney Sarah Star said to the Associated […]

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Tell Florida County Not to Segregate Books

In the same month that the American Library Association came out with its annual list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books, two Florida moms have stepped up their campaign to have libraries put a “Warning: Mature Content” label on any young adult books that refer to illegal acts or contain “inappropriate” content and to segregate […]

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LGBT Parenting Roundup

Books and Media Since books form an important part of the parenting experience for many of us (and many of us were voracious readers before we became parents), go check out the Lambda Literary Foundation’s brand-new Web site, chock-full of goodness about books for adults and kids. Life & Style magazine’s latest cover headline asks, […]

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Politics and Law A Vermont family court judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Lisa Miller, an “ex-lesbian” who disappeared with the girl who is legally the child of her and her former civil union partner, Janet Jenkins. A bit of good news to follow up on a case I posted about last June, […]

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Parenting Studies “How Does the Gender of Parents Matter?” asks the lead article in this month’s Journal of Marriage and Family. The answer, from sociologists Timothy Biblarz of University of Southern California and Judith Stacey of New York University, is that it doesn’t, with the “partial exception of lactation.” The gender of parents “has minor […]

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LGBT Parenting Year in Review 2009

(I originally wrote this as my end-of-year newspaper column a few weeks ago. The Jenkins-Miller case has seen some action since that time. The rest, I hope, is a good look back before we move forward.) “Whether children are raised by two parents, a single parent, grandparents, a same-sex couple, or a guardian, families encourage […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

I’ve been posting this quote from Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., every year at this time, but I think it bears repeating. Mrs. King was speaking at Lambda Legal’s 25th Anniversary Luncheon in 1998: As Martin once said, ‘We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny… an inescapable […]

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Another Non-Bio Mom Fights for Her Rights

You’ve heard the story before (and before that). A lesbian couple splits up. The biological mother tries to deny custody to the non-biological mother. They go to court. (In the case of Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller, they did so for years, with disastrous results when the bio mom flouted court orders and went into […]

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Politics and Law The government of New South Wales, Australia, has refused to change the law and allow same-sex couples to adopt, despite a six-month parliamentary inquiry that found doing so would be in the best interests of children. It says the issue is “too complex and sensitive” and there is not enough community support. […]

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Custody Dispute Escalates, but Courts Stay Faithful to the Law

The long-running custody dispute between Janet Jenkins and her former partner Lisa Miller made headlines again this week. I’ve written an article about it for Keen News Service, trying not only to cover this week’s actions but also to put it in the context of related cases. Keen News Service is a news organization run […]

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Personal Stories The Iowa Press-Citizen profiles Iowans Dawn and Jen BarbouRoske, who talk about their 19-year relationship, their new legal marriage, and their children. Both the women and their two children—at the children’s urging—were plaintiffs in the case that won marriage equality in the state. The article gives us our Quote of the Week: More […]

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Breaking: Lisa Miller Fails to Transfer Custody of Daughter to Her Other Mother as Ordered

“Ex-gay” mom Lisa Miller has failed to show up at her ex-partner Janet Jenkins’ parents’ home in Falls Church, Virginia, to transfer custody of their seven-year-old daughter Isabella as ordered by a Vermont court. The couple had a civil union in Vermont before having their daughter, and although the girl was born in Virginia, the […]

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LGBT Parent Newsmakers of the Year

Who were the LGBT parents who made headlines this year in mainstream or LGBT news? Here are my top individuals or couples, in alphabetic (not rank) order. Please make your own additions in the comments—I realize I’m heavy on lesbian moms and light in other parts of the community (and on non-U.S. names).

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