Civil suit in long-running same-sex custody case to proceed

Isabella's photo is shown age-progressed to 11 years.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Vermont woman whose former civil union partner fled the country with their child rather than share custody is being allowed to proceed because one of the defendants is set to be sentenced in a separate case.

U.S. District Court Judge William Sessions also expanded the suit Monday to include a number of organizations and individuals alleged to have been involved in the flight from Virginia of Lisa Miller and her daughter, Isabella, to avoid sharing custody with Janet Jenkins.

Mat Staver, of the Florida-based Liberty Counsel who was added to the suit, said Tuesday the allegations have no merit.

Sessions issued the ruling ahead of the scheduled sentencing Wednesday in Buffalo of a Virginia businessman convicted of helping Miller flee the country. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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