This case does not place before us the question whether Virginia recognizes the civil union entered into by the parties in Vermont. The only question before us is whether, considering the (Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act), Virginia can deny full faith and credit to the orders of the Vermont court. It cannot.
We add that in light of the hard-nosed legislatures in such states as Virginia, this is refreshing.

While a lower Virginia court ruled for the biological mom/resident, the three-judge panel said the federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act was more important than that finding. The justices did not comment on the Vermont case, nor did they discuss the differing views of civil unions in the states.