Government attorneys have reportedly dropped the kidnapping charges they initially filed against a missionary that allegedly helped kidnap a young girl, who is the subject of a long-running custody battle between two former lesbian partners.

The two women first entered into a civil union in 2000, but divorced three years later. After the split, one of the women took the couple's adopted child with her to Virginia. There, she joined a Christian church and became involved in therapy that was aimed at making her heterosexual. After several child custody hearings, the woman was eventually forced to give up full custody to her ex-partner after repeatedly denying her visitation rights. The woman then allegedly kidnapped the child and took her out of the country. The girl, now 9 years old, has been missing since 2009.

A missionary associated with the suspect was arrested soon after the child disappeared and was charged with aiding and abetting an international kidnapping. Prosecutors recently decided to drop the indictment, explaining that prosecuting the man was "not in the interests of the United States at this time," adding that the man agreed to cooperate with police in their investigation of the kidnapping.

In a letter to her attorney, the woman accused of kidnapping her daughter criticized the way custody is determined in same-sex unions, expressing a belief that her rights were violated due to her newly-found Christianity. Although the missionary was ultimately not prosecuted in relation the incident, his supporters have announced their support for the woman, criticizing same-sex marriages in general.

Source:, "Kidnapping Charge Dropped in Lesbian Custody Case," Andrew Harmon, Oct. 31, 2011