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Vermont

Vermont is the 14th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on March 4, 1791. Its most populous city is Burlington and its capital is Montpelier.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in Vermont on September 1, 2009 under a bill approved by the legislature and an override of the governor’s veto. Vermont became the fourth U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first to do so through a legislative act (the three previous – Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa – were the result of court rulings).

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Former Vt. governor Jim Douglas’ memoir tackles same-sex marriage veto

Monday, September 1, 2014
Jim Douglas
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Former Gov. Jim Douglas says he was acting on conscience in 2009 when he vetoed a same-sex marriage law that had been passed by the state Legislature. In a frank new memoir being released Wednesday, the 63-year-old Douglas said that he had no objection to same-sex couples forming relationships and that he and his wife Dorothy have gay friends.

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Lesbian couple sues Vt. town claiming a decade of anti-gay harassment

Sunday, March 9, 2014
WPTZ-TVBarbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno
ADDISON, Vt. -- A lesbian couple is suing the town of Addison, Vt., alleging they have been subjected to 10 years of discrimination, harassment and intimidation by residents and town officials because of their sexual orientation.

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New website features legal info for LGBT, HIV+ youth in New England

Sunday, September 15, 2013
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BOSTON — A Boston-based LGBT legal rights advocacy group has set up a new website to provide helpful information to young people in New England about their legal rights in school, sports, work and the juvenile justice system.

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Va. Mennonite pastor appeals conviction in Vt. same-sex custody battle

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Kenneth Miller
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A Mennonite pastor from Virginia convicted of helping a woman flee the country rather than share custody of her daughter with her former lesbian partner says his federal conviction should be thrown out because no part of the crime occurred in Vermont, where he was arrested, prosecuted and found guilty.

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Vt. House passes bill requiring equal heath coverage for married, gay couples

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont House of Representatives has voted to require out-of-state companies that offer health coverage to the spouses of opposite-sex married couples to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples.

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Pastor held in custody for refusing to testify in same-sex custody dispute

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Kenneth Miller
BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Vermont federal judge has ordered a pastor to be held in custody after the man refused to answer grand jury questions about his role in helping a woman and her daughter flee the country in a same-sex custody case.

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Vermont couple who lost discrimination suit films anti-gay marriage ad in Maine

Monday, October 22, 2012
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A Vermont couple who agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a lesbian couple from New York who claimed that their Inn refused to host their wedding reception because they were a same-sex couple, appear in a new ad advocating against same-sex marriage in neighboring Maine.

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More states call for ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ to be declared unconstitutional

Saturday, September 8, 2012
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The state of Vermont on Friday joined New York and Connecticut in asking a federal appeals court to rule that the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman is unconstitutional.

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Lesbian couple settles lawsuit with inn that refused to host ‘gay reception’

Friday, August 24, 2012
Wildflower Inn
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A Vermont inn has agreed to pay $30,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of a lesbian couple from New York who claimed that the inn refused to host their wedding reception because they were a same-sex couple.

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Pastor, Liberty law school named in RICO lawsuit over Miller kidnapping

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Lisa Miller, Isabella, and Janet Jenkins
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- In a case action filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for Vermont, Janet Jenkins filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against the Mennonite pastor who was convicted of aiding an international kidnapping by helping her former partner flee the country with the couple's child.

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