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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Law - Washington Post editorial provides clarity on Vermont-Virginia dispute

A Washington Post editorial today cuts to the essence of the Vermont-Virginia visitation dispute. A paragraph:

As the Vermont Supreme Court understood, this dispute isn't about whether Virginia is bound to honor same-sex unions. (The federal Defense of Marriage Act protects Virginia from that supposedly frightful consequence.) It's about the application of a federal law designed to help states -- and children -- avoid the sort of ugly tug of war that has ensnared Isabella here. Once one state's court has properly started hearing a case, the law provides, other states should stay out. Otherwise, parents who don't like the custody deal they got the first time could shop around for friendlier courts.
Here is the August 5th NY Times report, written by Adam Liptak, on the Vermont Supreme Court ruling. And here, thanks to How Appealing, is a link to the Vermont Supreme Court ruling.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 9, 2006 08:52 AM
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