Lesbian Tries to "Export" Vermont Civil Union to Georgia

Mathew D. Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, reported in the June, 2001, issue of Liberty Journal that in July of last year, two women traveled to Vermont to obtain a civil union license. Last fall, Susan, one of the pair, contended that the state of Georgia should recognize her Vermont civil union as a legal marriage. Staver said this is the first of its kind to challenge a state Defense of Marriage Act, and the first to challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Liberty Counsel is defending the woman's former husband, who has custody of the one-time-couple's three children.

"So far," Staver wrote, "the Georgia state trial court has ruled in the husband's favor, stating that Georgia is not required to recognize a Vermont civil union as the equivalent of marriage. However, the case has since been appealed to the state appellate court, and could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court."

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