2000 April 26

Vermont Legalizes Civil Unions


The Vermont Supreme Court had ruled, in Baker v. Vermont, on December 20, 1999, that same-sex couples were entitled under the Vermont Constitution to the same benefits as heterosexual couples. The legislature on this day responded by legalizing civil unions. On April 7, 2009, the legislature fully legalized same-sex marriage by overriding a veto by the state’s governor.

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 at Lambda Legal: http://www.lambdalegal.org/issues/marriage-relationships-and-family-protections

And more at Freedom to Marry: http://www.freedomtomarry.org/

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