Nominee, Vermonter and Longtime Champion for LGBTQ Rights, Would Be First Openly LGBTQ Woman to Serve on U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) Tuesday will join the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to introduce Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson for consideration as President Joe Biden’s historic nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Before serving nearly a decade on the Vermont Supreme Court, Robinson was one of the leading litigators in the state and a trailblazing champion for the state and national movement for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality.
Robinson served as co-counsel in the Baker v. State of Vermont lawsuit, which led to Vermont becoming the first state in the country to recognize civil unions – a major victory for the equal marriage movement. If confirmed, Robinson would be the first openly LGBTQ woman to serve on the Court of Appeals in the nation’s history.
Judge Robinson was nominated by President Biden on August 5, 2021, following the passing of Judge Peter Hall.
Sanders Introductory Remarks for Judicial Nominee Vermont Justice Beth Robinson
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Tuesday joined the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to introduce Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson for consideration as President Joe Biden's historic nominee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Sanders' remarks can be viewed here and are transcribed below.
“Today, it is my privilege to introduce Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson, who has been nominated to serve as a judge on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
“Justice Robinson is undeniably one of the most notable champions of equal rights and equal justice, and, in particular, she is one of our nation’s most important pioneers in advancing LGBTQ rights. In the landmark case of Baker v. Vermont, then Attorney Robinson secured a ruling in favor of marriage equality in 2009.
“This was one of our country’s first major advances in LGBTQ rights. It was a major step towards our laws acknowledging that people have the right to love whomever they want and to get married regardless of their sexual orientation.
“As a direct result of this victory, Vermont’s legislature enacted the first civil union law in the country. Vermont has led the country on this issue, and that is due in no small part to Justice Robinson’s dedication and hard work.
“Justice Robinson is extremely well qualified for this position on the federal court. She has served on Vermont’s Supreme Court since 2011 and has built a reputation for her impartiality and fair application of the law. She treats people with respect and compassion, and she understands the duty of the court to provide equitable justice.
“I believe she will make Vermont proud, and that she will be an excellent addition to the federal bench.
“Congratulations, Justice Robinson, on your nomination. Thank you for your continued service to our country and for your commitment to equality and justice.”
What: Senate Committee on the Judiciary Nomination Hearing
When: Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. ET
Where: Room 226 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing will also be livestreamed on the Committee website HERE.
Who: Sen. Sanders introductory remarks on behalf of Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson, President Biden’s nominee for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Source: WASHINGTON, September 13 – Senator Bernie Sanders