advertisements: attacking Howard Dean, 89–90; mailed letters opposing same-sex marriage, 91–93; regarding same-sex marriage in Vermont, 88–95; by supporters of H 847, 119; in support of same-sex marriage, 90–91; “Take Back Vermont” signs, 131–32; by Take It To The People, 88–90, 110, 120
AIDS: fear of increase in Vermont, 56–58; ideological influence on gay couples, 29–30.
Alaska: ruling on gay marriage in, 12
Amestoy, C.J., 32, 179; concluding thoughts on Baker v. State, 224–25; majority opinion written for Baker v. State by, 35–40, 197–224
Angell, Bishop Kenneth, 98–99
Article 7: analysis of Common Benefits
Clause under, 210–12; application of Common Benefits Clause under, 212–20; Chapter I of, 229–30; compared with Oregon's § 20 jurisprudence, 229–32; Vermont Supreme Court's ruling based on, 220–24, 232–37
Baker, Stan, 34
Baker v. Nelson, 30
Baker v. State: arguments opposed to decision in, 46–48; as civil rights case, 187–88, 226; criticism of Court's decision in, 41–42; criticism of Court's rationale for decision in, 232–37; disagreement with decision to limit same-sex couples to civil unions, 252–55; disagreement with implementation of decision in, 238–47; gay couples involved in, 33–34, 198; influence of popular opinion on decision in, 157; in-state reaction to, 27; interpretation of Article 7 in decision of, 210–24, 232–37; legislative hearings on, 45–48; letters-to-the-editors in response to, 48–68; main reason for decision in, 178–79; oral arguments in, 34–35; plaintiffs in, 33–34, 198; praise for Vermont court justices in, 179; public hearings following decision of, 46–48; responses of religious figures to, 47–48; role of Common Benefits Clause in, 201–24; Senate Judiciary Committee's vote to overrule decision in, 103–4; starting points for, 30–33; Valley News' response to, 67–68; Vermont Catholic Church's response to, 47; Vermont legislature's options in response to, 74–75; Vermont Supreme Court's decision for, 35–40, 197–256; Vermont Supreme Court's remedy concerning benefits denied to same-sex couples, 220–24; vote on amendment to overrule decision in, 111
Bauer, Gary, 16
Beck, Nina, 33–34; before Senate Judiciary Committee, 96–97
Bible: used to oppose past civil rights decisions, 180
Bingham, Mark, 6, 139
Blair, Helena, 116
Bloomer, John, 105
Bonuato, Mary L., 32–33
Boston Globe: on Vermont's civil union legislation, 12–13
Bowers v. Hardwick, 189–90, 227–28
Boynton v. Virginia, 164
Browder v. Gayle, 164
Brown v. Board of Education, 162, 163–65; Supreme Court's follow-up to decision in, 175–76


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