Beth Robinson, whose argument to the Vermont Supreme Court in Baker v. State produced the ruling that exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage was unconstitutional under that state's constitution, was sworn in yesterday as a Justice of the same court. Since handling Baker, which ultimately resulted in the state legislature enacting a civil union law, Robinson had continued to practice law and advocate for lgbt rights. Most recently, she served as counsel to Governor Peter Shumlin, who appointed her to the court.
There are now six openly lgbt justices of state supreme courts: Rives Kistler and Virginia Linder in Oregon, Barbara Lenk in Massachusetts, Sabrina McKenna in Hawaii and Monica Marquez in Colorado, in addition to Robinson. Half of the six – Lenk, McKenna, and Robinson – were appointed during 2011.