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Tina B. and Christine S., a lesbian couple, lived together for many years and had two children together. When Christine died, Christine’s parents tried to obtain custody of one of the children, over Tina’s strong objection. The West Virginia Supreme Court awarded Tina B. custody of the child. NCLR and Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief supporting Tina, who was represented by James Wilson Douglas of Sutton, West Virginia.