The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a Texas mother’s petition to review a decision the declared her former lesbian partner a legal parent of her daughter under California law.
“Kristina S.,” the biological mother of six-year-old Amalia, had petitioned for the high court to review the decision of the California Court of Appeal after the California Supreme Court declined to review it.
“We are extremely pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has put an end to this distressing attempt by far-right groups to separate a child from one of her parents, ” remarked Cathy Sakimura, a staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), which assisted lawyers Amanda List and Deborah Wald in their representation of “Charisma R.”
Charisma, who was reportedly in a committed relationship with Kristina for six years, meanwhile, said she is “so grateful that my relationship with my six-year-old daughter is legally protected.”
“I love my daughter dearly, and I am relieved the courts have recognized that children born to same-sex couples deserve the emotional, financial, and physical support of both of their parents, regardless of the parents’ gender or sexual orientation,” added the Santa Clara County woman.
Tuesday’s announcement concludes a legal battle that began in 2004 – one year after Kristina gave birth to her daughter. Charisma had filed a petition seeking parental rights after Kristina abruptly left their shared home in Newark and refused to allow Charisma to have any contact with their baby.
Representing Kristina throughout most of the legal battle was Liberty Counsel, which is handling a similar case in Vermont/Virginia.
Coincidentally, on the same day that the U.S. Supreme Court announced its denial of Kristin’s petition, a family court judge in Vermont issued a warrant for the arrest of Lisa Miller of Virginia, who disappeared with her daughter after being ordered to turn her over to her former lesbian partner.
Miller, like Kristina, is being represented by Liberty Counsel.