This is how I spell it.
I've been following this case off and on for years, but I had missed the development in which a lesbian ex-partner to a civil union, no relation to the child Isabella whatsoever and with whom Isabella has not lived since she was seventeen months of age, has been awarded sole custody of the seven-year-old child by a Vermont judge. The fairly explicit reason for this grant of custody was to punish Lisa Miller, Isabella's mother--her real mother both biologically and in virtue of having raised her--for having refused to permit additional unsupervised visits with Janet Jenkins, the lesbian ex-lover, after Isabella showed signs of trauma from earlier visits and stated that she had been forced to bathe naked with Jenkins.
This is unconscionable. That the judge should award custody in such a way with such little regard to the child's best interests is beyond crazy. It would be bad enough if this were a real custody case between two parents in which the child had lived with one parent up to seven years of age and were now being arbitrarily handed by the court to the other parent against even the child's own will, simply to punish the present custodial parent. It is even more insane when we consider that Jenkins has no legal relationship to this little girl whatsoever, neither by biology nor even by adoption (and no such adoption should be permitted in any event). Her "parenthood" is entirely an invention of the Vermont court and the Vermont judge, in virtue of a Vermont civil union alone.
Naturally, the gay-rights crowd will whine that this is just like any other custody case, that all custody cases can get messy, and the like. But not only does that ignore the fact that this would be reckless behavior even in a heterosexual custody case, the pretense that this is just like other custody cases arises solely from the pretense that metaphysics can be made up ex nihilo by legal and judicial fiat, that this Jenkins woman can be simply made into Isabella's mother because she had a faux-marriage, a sexual relationship, with Isabella's actual mother at the time that Isabella was born, and that homosexual unions are the equivalent of marriage. Such activists must be fought, tooth and nail. They are trying to destroy our country, and their attempt to remake reality in their own image is an attempt to destroy this little girl for the sake of the arrogance of Ms. Jenkins and her fake "parental rights." Down with them.
May God protect Lisa Miller, who has disappeared with Isabella. And above all, may God protect Isabella.
And by the way, next time somebody mentions civil unions to you as being no big deal, as though the only thing for conservatives to fight is homosexual "marriage," point him to this case. Civil unions are marriage in all but name. And the Vermont judge is playing by that playbook.