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N.J. court recognizes non-biological parents’ rights in same-sex custody case

| Tuesday, August 12, 2014
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An appellate court in New Jersey has ruled that a parent with no biological or legal ties to a child may still be entitled to custodial rights as a "psychological Parent." The decision comes in the case of a lesbian couple who jointly raised the biological child of one of the woman from the age of 18 months. For more than seven years, the couple equally shared in parenting..

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N.H. Supreme Court sides with birth mother’s ex-partner in custody case

| Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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CONCORD, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the ex-partner of a 12-year-old's girl's birth mother has made her case to be considered a parent under the law. The unanimous ruling makes New Hampshire the fourth state in the country to extend parental protections to same-sex parents, including a parent with no biological tie to the child.

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Texas appeals court blocks ruling in same-sex couple’s divorce case

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A Texas state appeals court has halted divorce and child custody proceedings for two San Antonio women who were legally married out of state.

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Birth mother jailed in Pa. same-sex custody dispute

| Friday, January 10, 2014
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MERCER, Pa. -- A woman has been jailed for contempt of court in western Pennsylvania for moving to Ohio with her 12-year-old birth daughter in violation of a judge's order in a bitter same-sex custody dispute.

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Ark. man appeals ruling barring partner from home when son visits

| Friday, November 8, 2013
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A judge violated an Arkansas man's constitutional rights by barring his gay partner from staying overnight when his son visits, imposing a blanket restriction on unmarried couples living together, attorneys told the state's highest court Thursday.

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Fla. Supreme Court settles lesbian couple’s custody battle

| Thursday, November 7, 2013
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child and is ordering a lower court to work out custody, child support and visitation arrangements.

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Ind. court: Law unclear on custody issues of children of same-sex parents

| Friday, November 1, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Court of Appeals wants the Legislature to update state laws to address custody issues regarding children of same-sex and other non-traditional families.

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Pastor held in custody for refusing to testify in same-sex custody dispute

| Thursday, January 24, 2013
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BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont federal judge has ordered a pastor to be held in custody after the man refused to answer grand jury questions about his role in helping a woman and her daughter flee the country in a same-sex custody case.

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Pastor, Liberty law school named in RICO lawsuit over Miller kidnapping

| Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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BURLINGTON, Vt. -- In a case action filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Vermont, Janet Jenkins filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against the Mennonite pastor who was convicted of aiding an international kidnapping by helping her former partner flee the country with the couple's child.

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Mennonite minister guilty of aiding kidnapping in lesbian custody feud

| Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Kenneth Miller
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A federal court on Tuesday found a Virginia Mennonite minister guilty of aiding and abetting in an international kidnapping case, by assisting a woman embroiled in a child custody case with her former lesbian partner to flee the country with the couple's young daughter.

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