The Virginia Supreme Court says that a Vermont court's ruling should stand in a child visitation dispute between two former lesbian partners.
Friday's decision is a victory for Janet Jenkins, who entered a civil union with Lisa Miller in Vermont in 2000. Two years later, Miller gave birth to a daughter conceived through artificial insemination. The women later split up, and their civil union was dissolved.
A Vermont judge awarded custody of their 5-year-old daughter to Miller, with regular visitation for Jenkins.
Miller and the child now live in Winchester, Virginia. Jenkins has been fighting for child visitation rights, but Miller has contested those efforts.