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Contact: John Becker, Director of Communications and Development
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Truth Wins Out Lauds Appointment of Beth Robinson to Vermont Supreme Court

BURLINGTON, Vt – Truth Wins Out applauded Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin today for appointing Beth Robinson to the state Supreme Court. Robinson, who is openly lesbian, served as co-counsel for the landmark Baker v. Vermont case that resulted in the passage of the nation’s first civil union law in 2000, and also spearheaded the campaign to achieve full marriage equality for Vermont’s same-sex couples, a milestone reached in 2009. She has served as the governor’s chief legal counsel for the last ten months.

“We are thrilled that Governor Shumlin has appointed Beth Robinson, a tireless advocate for equality on behalf of Vermont’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, to the state’s highest court,” said John Becker, Director of Communications and Development for Truth Wins Out. “Robinson’s appointment underscores the commitment of the State of Vermont and the Shumlin administration to protecting and upholding the rights of LGBT people, and is yet another reason Truth Wins Out is proud to call this great state home.”

In an announcement yesterday, Gov. Shumlin praised Robinson’s background and qualifications:

“I am proud to appoint Beth Robinson to the Supreme Court,” the Governor said. “Beth’s strong legal background, experience with crafting legislation at the State House and commitment to the equal rights of all Vermonters will make her an exceptional justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. While I am thrilled to see Beth go to the Court and believe her to be the best qualified of an extraordinary pool of candidates, I am also sad to lose Beth as my legal counsel. In addition to depending on Beth’s sound legal advice, it is a pleasure to work with her every day.”

According to an interview with Vermont Public Radio, Robinson will wrap up work in the governor’s office in the coming weeks and go before the Senate next month, where confirmation of her appointment is virtually assured.

Truth Wins Out is a Burlington, Vermont-based national non-profit organization that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.

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