• Vermont lawyer proud of 1st state with civil unions
    June 26,2013

    The Associated Press

    MONTPELIER — Long-time Vermont advocates for same-sex marriage say they’re celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key section of a federal anti-gay-marriage law.

    Susan Murray was a lawyer for three couples who won a landmark ruling from the state Supreme Court saying that barring them from marrying violated the Vermont Constitution. That led the Legislature to pass the nation’s first civil unions law in 2000.

    In 2009, Vermont became the first state to legislate full marriage for same-sex couples without prompting by a court.

    Murray says she’s proud of Vermont’s role in the movement. She also says there’s more work to do. She notes that the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that allows states to continue to bar same-sex marriage.

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