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2-19-2007

Utah High Court Denies Child Custody to Former Lesbian’s Partner

The Utah Supreme Court ruled Friday a lesbian has no parental rights over her former partner’s biological child.

Keri Jones and Cheryl Barlow ended their civil union in 2003, but have been in a custody battle ever since over Barlow’s 5-year-old daughter. Barlow is now a Christian and has left homosexuality.

The high court reversed lower court decisions in favor of Jones.

“We recognize that mutual bonds of affection can be formed between a child and an adult who does not fit within the traditional definition of a parent,” the majority opinion stated. “However, in carving out a permanent role in the child’s life for a surrogate parent, this court would necessarily subtract from the legal parent’s right to direct the upbringing of her child.”

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