THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT BY THE VICE PRESIDENT
I applaud the non-discrimination and equality principles inherent in Vermont's State Supreme Court ruling this morning that same-sex couples must be given the same benefits and protections as different-sex couples. The court's decision rests upon the "constitutional imperative to afford all Vermonters the common benefit, protection, and security of the law."
I am not for changing the institute of marriage as we have traditionally understood it. But I am for legal protections for domestic partnerships.