Tag Archives: Vermont

VT Senate Approves Marriage Equality

And now we’re one step closer in Vermont too. The Vermont Senate voted 26-4 today in favor of the same-sex marriage bill. The bill will have third reading and vote Tuesday. All bills have three readings. It is designed for people to reconsider or amend an item, but it unlikely that a vote would change on a third reading. A …

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Vermont: Marriage One Step Closer

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee in Vermont unanimously voted to move the marriage equality bill to the full Senate for a vote next week. An amendment to put the issue to the voters failed. The committee did approve an amendment that reaffirms the right of churches to refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies. The addition stipulates that no civil suits can …

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TV Ad From Vermont Freedom To Marry

Hmmm, what feels familiar about this?

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Vermont Begins Marriage Session

The Vermont legislature just began debating their marriage equality bill. The haters, of course, are out in force. Hundreds of gay marriage opponents have converged on the Vermont Statehouse to lobby lawmakers as the Legislature opens a week’s worth of hearings on a same-sex marriage bill. Cheering and wearing buttons that read “Marriage — A Mother & Father for Every …

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Vermont: Marriage Equality “Fast Tracked” To Pass This Month

Lawmakers in Vermont are “fast tracking” their marriage equality bill, which is widely expected to pass both chambers of the state legislature by the end of the month. The bill is one of several House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin said will be among their priorities when the Legislature reconvenes March 17. Among the others …

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Vermont Marriage Bill Introduced

A marriage equality bill was introduced today in Vermont’s House of Representatives, although it may not be voted on during the current session. A bill that would allow same-sex unio A bill that would allow same-sex unions was introduced in the Legislature, causing a crowd of about several hundred supporters to gather at the Statehouse in celebration. “This really is …

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Six By Twelve

The Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders are working on a plan for marriage equality in all of New England by 2012. “We can make New England a marriage-equality zone by strategically combining existing legal, electoral and on-the-ground know-how to fast-track marriage in every New England state,” GLAD Executive Director Lee Swislow said. “By 2012, we not only can have …

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Vermont Gov Says No To Marriage Equality

Vermont’s Republican governor says he opposes moving the state from civil unions to full marriage equality, although he refuses to say if he’d veto such a bill. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas said Thursday he would oppose legislation allowing same-sex marriages, saying the state’s civil unions law is adequate and that lawmakers should be focusing on the state’s money problems. State …

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Four More By 2012

Could four more New England states get marriage equality by 2012? The group that helped legalize gay marriage in two New England states wants to do the same in the other four by the year 2012. GLAD — which stands for Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders — announced the campaign Tuesday, the fifth anniversary of the key court decision …

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Majority Support For Vermont Marriage

Support for gay marriage in Vermont is now in the majority. A majority of nearly 7,000 Vermonters completing opinion surveys on Town Meeting Day said they favor same-sex marriage. 54-percent said they support allowing gay couples to marry while 37-percent were opposed. That represents an 8-per cent jump in support for same-sex marriage in the last year, noted Johnson State …

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Vermont Town: Arrest Bush & Cheney!

On the ballot in Brattleboro, Vermont: “Shall the Selectboard instruct the Town Attorney to draft indictments against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for crimes against our Constitution, and publish said indictments for consideration by other authorities and shall it be the law of the Town of Brattleboro that the Brattleboro Police, pursuant to the above-mentioned indictments, arrest and detain …

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