Pastor Sentenced to 27 Months for Role in Same-Sex Custody Case February 5, 2016

Lisa-Miller-FreezeA pastor, who helped Stained Glass Rainbows star Lisa Miller escape the country with her daughter Isabella, has been sentenced by a Vermont judge to 27 months in prison. Lisa Miller, who gave birth via in vitro fertilization while involved in a civil union with her lesbian partner eventually left the gay lifestyle in favor of her faith. A lengthy legal battle over their daughter ended with a judge giving full custody of Isabella to the non-birth mother. That’s when a plan was executed and the pastor helped Lisa flee the country with her daughter. An interview with Lisa and her story are told in the film Stained Glass Rainbows.

Here’s the Associated Press story about the pastors conviction:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A Mennonite pastor convicted of helping a former Vermont woman flee the country rather than share custody of her child with her former same-sex partner has been ordered to prison.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York issued a mandate Monday upholding the conviction of Kenneth Miller, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, for his role in helping Lisa Miller flee the country in 2009 with her daughter Isabella. The Millers are not related.

On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Kenneth Miller to surrender to prison on March 22 to begin serving a 27-month prison sentence that had been delayed pending his appeal. The report date originally was March 1 but was changed later in the day.

Lisa Miller and Isabella fled the country rather than share custody with her former Vermont civil union partner Janet Jenkins.


For more information check out this ABC News story.

Kent Williamson

Kent Williamson

Kent C. Williamson is the director of Stained Glass Rainbows, Rebellion of Thought, and When Love Walks In. He is also founder of Paladin Pictures, Paladin Media Group, earless rabbit, and the Community Films Foundation.


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