Gay Rights Advocate Joins Vt. Supreme Court
11/28/11 5:50PM By Ross Sneyd
Robinson is a 46-year-old lawyer and long-time gay rights advocate. She says she'll decide cases impartially based on the statutes.
(Robinson) "To me, my pledge is to remember the people because to me the only thing that is important is respecting this abstraction that we call the law, is respecting the people who both shape and give life to that abstraction and whose lives are, in turn, shaped by the dictates that the law requires."
(Host) Since January, Robinson has served as Shumlin's general counsel.
She helped to lead the legal team that represented three same-sex couples at the center of the 1999 state Supreme Court decision that led to passage of Vermont's ground-breaking civil union law.
She also headed Vermont Freedom to Marry, which successfully lobbied for passage of full marriage rights for same-sex couples two years ago.