Vermont is joining with New York and Connecticut in filing a brief urging a federal court to strike down the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA,
denies same-sex couples of a wide range of federal benefits.
Attorney General Bill Sorrell
says a federal court ruling in the Vermont Yankee nuclear power case could have a chilling effect on other state legislatures as they
consider issues that cross over into federal regulation.
Vermont Legislature wanted to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant plant in March, when its current
license expires. But U.S. District Judge Garvan Murtha ruled that the
Legislature does not have that authority.