VERMONT'S FORMER GOVERNOR
IS RUNNING FOR THE
DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION FOR
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
INFORMATION AND LINKS.
rekindles Vermont debate
Rutland Herald, VT (Nov 19, 2003)
GOP Rattled About Civil Unions - PlanetOut - April 2002
Dominate Men in Civil Union Totals - PlanetOut - April 2002
of the Vermont Civil Union Review Commission - January 2002
Road, Dean Touts Civil Unions - Rutland Herald - January 2002
Civil-Union Gov. Will Not Re-Run - Gay Financial Network - September 2001
Vermont Leaders for Gay Couples - Gay Financial Network - August 2001
House Votes to Repeal Civil Unions - Gay.com - May 2001
Union Repeal Passes Vt. House - PlanetOut - May 2001
Civil Unions Vs. GOP Backlash - gfn.com - May 2001
House Moves to Repeal Civil-Union Law - gfn.com - May 2001
in works to challenge dismantling of civil unions - Rutland Herald - April
Herald's David Moats Wins Pulitzer Prize for Civil Union Editorials -
More . . .
CIVIL UNIONS ARE LEGAL
Are you planning to go to
Vermont for a Civil Union? Contact us with the details.
With little time to
celebrate the passage of civil unions, proponents have had to
campaign to keep the law from being repealed. Vermont has been divided
into two camps, with many people supporting candidates based mainly on
their stand on civil unions. Those who want to "take back" the state
and repeal civil unions square off against those working
equally hard to keep civil unions legal. In the November 2000
election, Vermont's Governor, Howard Dean, who signed the civil unions
bill into law, won re-election over Republican challenger Ruth Dwyer, who
strongly opposed civil unions. However, some legislators who had
supported civil unions were defeated, and the Vermont House fell into
Republican control for the first time in 14 years. The House wasted
little time in repealing the legislation, although with the Senate in
control of the Democrats, no repeal there is expected to follow. Although mixed
messages were sent by Vermont
voters, civil unions will hopefully remain intact with The Senate and
Governor's office under control of the Democrats.
July 1, 2000, when the civil unions law first went into effect, until the
first week of October 2000, more than 800 civil unions have been
registered by the Health Department in Vermont. Approximately three
quarters of those have been for out-of-state couples.
Looks at Civil Unions - Rutland Herald - October 2000
That Helped Gain Gay Civil Unions in Vermont to Receive Award - Gay.com -
Letter Worth Reading - Featured on Take Back Vermont.com's Website (The
Pro-Civil Union One)
- General Assembly - Legislative Directory
Vermont Town and City
Justices of the Peace
Civil Union Law
Secretary of State's Guide to Civil Unions
for Vermont License of Civil Union
Format - Requires Acrobat Reader to view and/or print. You can also
right-click to save the target file to your computer)
Free Acrobat Reader
site of the
Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing
Life Calendar of Events Search Engine
and New England Internet Sources
in the Mountains - Vermont's Forum for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Herald - Rutland VT - Section on Same-Sex Couples
Free Press - Burlington VT - Section on Same-Sex Marriage
Times Argus - Barre - Montpelier
Vermont Freedom to Marry Action Committee
- Freedom to Marry Task Force
Freedom to Marry - Vermont
Legal - Vermont
for Civil Unions, Inc.
Back Vermont - Pro-Civil Union Site
Data Lounge - Vermont News
The Vermont Legislative Bill Tracking System:
Herald - Rutland VT - Section on Vermont Legislature
Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders:
Co-Counsel in Baker v. VT - Marriage Bulletin Page
Gay Wedding Guide
Open Queer Alliance
Not a Vermont resident?
According to the Vermont
Secretary of State:
"The law permits
non-residents to obtain a Vermont civil union."
But, what if the
relationship doesn't last?
Be aware, however, that
according to the Vermont Secretary of State:
"It is unclear how
other states may handle a civil union dissolution; however, in Vermont, a
residency requirement exists for dissolving either a marriage or a civil
union. A complaint to dissolve a civil union in Vermont may be brought if
either party to the civil union has resided within the state for a period
of six months or more, but dissolution cannot be granted unless one of the
parties has resided in the state at least one year preceding the date of
the final hearing."
Unhappy Vermont Civil Unions: It's Harder Than It Looks - Findlaw.com -
S.J. Res. 26!
Last night, two days
before Thanksgiving, five US Senators* introduced Senate Joint
Resolution 26, a harmful and divisive Senate counterpart to the
anti-gay "Federal Marriage Amendment" that has been
unfortunately gaining support in the House since May. This
resolution seeks to amend the U.S. Constitution to discriminate against
GLBT families by defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
*Wayne Allard, R-Colo.; Sam Brownback, R-Kan.; Jim Bunning, R-Ky.; James
Inhofe, R-Okla.; and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. introduced the resolution.
It is vital that you
contact your Senators at their district office and urge them to oppose
S.J. Res. 26! Your Senators need to hear from you while they're in
their district offices throughout the month of December!
To look up your Senators
and their district office phone numbers, click
here or visit: http://capwiz.com/hrc/dbq/officials/
The amendment seeks to
permanently deny the right to marry, as well as virtually all other
forms of legal recognition to same-sex couples, including the most basic
legal protections. It further seeks to circumvent the right of state
legislatures and courts to make decisions on basic
government-administered protections, thereby forever denying gay and
lesbian Americans fundamental rights and benefits such as hospital
visitation, Social Security, inheritance and health care benefits.
The opposition is gearing
up with phone calls and letters and we need to do the same. Please call
your Senators today!
here or visit http://tinyurl.com/wo87
to read HRC’s full press release on S.J. Resolution 26.
The West Wing - The Complete First Season DVD