Today's Barre-Montpelier Times Argus has an excellent editorial tracing the historic federal appeals court ruling in Utah this week--the first federal appeals court endorsement of marriage equality--back to arguments Beth Robinson made before the Vermont Supreme Court in 1998.
From the editorial:
The thinking of the appeals court was foreshadowed in the arguments made by Beth Robinson back in 1998 when she appeared before the Vermont Supreme Court seeking marriage equality in the landmark Baker case. Robinson, who herself is now a justice on the Vermont Supreme Court, argued that the right to marry was a fundamental right. Second, she argued that barring gay marriage was unlawful gender discrimination. Third, she argued that barring same-sex couples from marriage was contrary to our understanding of the definition of marriage and a rational understanding of its purpose.
The appeals court ruling this week was a complete endorsement of Robinson’s arguments.
It's another reminder of Vermont's leadership in the marriage equality movement and of how much we have to be proud of. Speaking of Pride, while VT Pride isn't this weekend, many places across the U.S. and the globe will be holding Pride around the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. So, Happy Pride, however and wherever you may be celebrating.