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."