Back in 2000, Vermont became the first state to
recognize same-sex partnerships with civil unions. While the state has
since moved on to marriage, it was a ground breaking move at the time, and it
was brought on by a 1999 Supreme Court decision in the case of Baker versus the
state of Vermont.
Vermont House gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would require out-of-state employers to offer the
same health coverage to employees with a same-sex partner as those provided to
their employees in a heterosexual marriage.
When Maine last voted on same-sex marriage in 2009, a debate over what school teachers
would be forced to say to children about gay marriage dominated the discussion. This time around, the topic has remained largely on the sidelines.
Vermont is joining with New York and Connecticut in filing a brief urging a federal court to strike down the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell says the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA,
denies same-sex couples of a wide range of federal benefits.
selection is set to begin in a Vermont federal court today for a
Virginia man charged with helping a woman flee the United States with
her daughter, rather than share custody of the
girl with her former same-sex partner.