Civil union pioneers plan to wed

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Now that Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage, the three couples that pioneered Vermont’s civil unions law plan to marry.

Stan Baker says he and his partner Peter Harrigan plan to marry in September when the bill becomes law.

They were one of three couples who sued the state in 1997 for the right to get married, which led to the creation of Vermont’s first-in-the-nation civil unions law.

Lois Farnham and Holly Puterbaugh also plan to wed.

Puterbaugh says they were happy with civil unions, but it wasn’t enough.

The third couple to sue the state 12 years ago, Nina Beck and Stacy Jolles, also plan to wed soon after the bill becomes law.

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