More Thoughts on Vermont
April 7, 2009, 11:02 am
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It is sad that, in 2009, the Vermont legislature’s recognition that gays and lesbians are people is a major victory, and not just as an acknowledgement of something so obvious it is not worth discussing.  Yet there is also something particularly sweet about Vermont finally taking the final step towards marriage equality.  When the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its civil unions decision a couple of years ago, one of my former co-workers—who spent many years on the front lines battling for GLBT rights—told me how upset she was about the decision.  The fear was that civil unions were going to be the national compromise, that a consensus would form that they were somehow enough, and that same-sex couples would continue to be treated as if their relationships are less worthy than mine.

Vermont was the first state to settle for the civil unions compromise.  Today, it finally figured out that civil unions are not good enough.  This bodes well for the future.


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