Vt. Same-Sex Unions Null in Va., Judge Rules

Case Seen as Test of Parent Rights

The Washington Post
August 25, 2004
By S. Mitra Kalita

A Winchester judge ruled yesterday that Virginia has jurisdiction over a complex custody battle between a toddler’s biological mother and her former lesbian lover after the couple wed in Vermont and then split up. The decision dealt a blow to gay-rights advocates who said the case represented a chance for Virginia to recognize same-sex unions and the rights of non-biological parents.

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