WCAX reports Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Middlebury attorney Beth Robinson to the VT Supreme Court. A “gay rights activist for most of her legal career,” Robinson was instrumental in promoting civil unions in 2000 and gender-segregated marriage, which became legal in Vermont in 2009.
If the lawsuit against the Wildflower Inn goes to the VT Supreme Court, will Robinson judge in favor of a couple’s right to celebrate their gender-segregated marriage at the inn, or the innkeeper’s right to decline the celebration based on their religious preference for gender-inclusive marriage?
"I see the Supreme Court as a place where the rubber meets the road and the concepts and ideas we call law intersect with the lives of real people and I think it is a tremendous responsibility," Robinson said.
Vermont law has intersected sharply with the lives and business of the Wildflower Inn owners. How many more businesses in Vermont will be sued for their religious beliefs?
As a Vermont Supreme Court Justice, which would Robinson choose? The right to force others to celebrate gender-segregated marriage against their will, or the freedom to support gender integration for religious reasons?