Vermont Equality

April 8, 2009

Editorial | The New York Times

A lot has happened since 2000, the year Vermont led the country in becoming the first state to adopt civil unions for same-sex couples. Among other things, Vermont came to see that civil unions are an inadequate substitute for marriage. Creating a separate legal structure to confer some benefits on gay couples falls short of granting true equality.

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Gay Rights Groups Celebrate Victories in Marriage Push

April 8, 2009

by Abby Goodnough | The New York Times

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Gay-rights groups say that momentum from back-to-back victories on same-sex marriage in Vermont and Iowa could spill into other states, particularly since at least nine other legislatures are considering measures this year to allow marriage between gay couples.

The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing gay couples to marry, mustering one more vote than needed to preserve the measure.

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Rachel Maddow: Vermont and DC!

April 8, 2009

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