Nominee, Vermonter and Longtime Champion for LGBTQ Rights, Would Be First Openly LGBTQ Woman to Serve on U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
WASHINGTON, September 13 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 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.
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.