5 Legal Lessons from Susan Murray Co-Counsel of Baker v. State of Vermont – Lesson 4

LESSON # 4:  EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.

 

Sometimes courts decide something completely out of the blue.  In the Vermont marriage equality case, we were prepared for a win, and we were prepared for a loss.  We were not prepared for what we got: a ruling that gay and lesbian Vermonters were entitled to the “benefits” of marriage but would have to battle in the political cauldron of the legislature to seek the “status” and “title” of marriage. We went from arguing in the court room to lobbying in the statehouse, and ended up with the compromise of “civil unions” for nine years, before the Vermont legislature finally passed a marriage equality law.  The lesson:  be ready for a curveball.

 

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