Determined whether denying same-sex couples the right to marry violated Vermont's marriage statutes and/or Vermont's Common Benefits Clause.
Full Case Title:
Baker v. Vermont, 744 A.2d 864 (Vt. 1999)
- Fairness in the Courts
- LGBTQ+ Rights
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In this case, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that, under the Common Benefit Clause of the Vermont Constitution, same-sex couples must be granted the same legal benefits, protections, and obligations as married, heterosexual couples. This ruling led the Vermont legislature to pass the state's civil union law.