2000 July 1

Vermont Civil Union Law Takes Effect


Vermont on this day became the first state to enact a statute providing for civil unions between people of the same sex. Nine year later, on April 7, 2009, the legislature overrode the governor’s veto of a bill to permit same-sex marriages. That law went into effect in September of that year.

On June 26, 2015, in Obergefell v. Hudson, the Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriage was constitutional in the entire United States under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Learn more: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/

Learn more at a timeline of same-sex marriage in the U.S.: http://gaymarriage.procon.org/view.timeline.php?timelineID=000030

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