It’s time to move Vermont forward by passing the Marriage Equality Bill to legalize civil marriage for same-gender couples.
Nine years ago, civil unions finally recognized same-gender relationships but unfortunately still subordinated them to marriages. It is time to grant the same rights and benefits to same-gender couples that are afforded married heterosexual couples. The passage of the Marriage Equality Bill harms no one, costs the state nothing; but non-passage of the bill disadvantages many.
It is time to support and value all members of society and to give full civil legal rights to same-gender couples. I support the Marriage Equality Bill S.0115.
I want to thank its sponsors, Peter Shumlin, John Campbell, and Clair Ayer, and our congressmen and women who support the bill. They have my vote.