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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WPTZ-TVBarbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno

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

Sunday, March 9, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Sunday, September 15, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Kenneth Miller

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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Kenneth Miller

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

Thursday, January 24, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, October 22, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Saturday, September 8, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Wildflower Inn

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

Friday, August 24, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Miller, Isabella, and Janet Jenkins

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

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Kenneth Miller

Mennonite minister guilty of aiding kidnapping in lesbian custody feud

Tuesday, August 14, 2012
BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A federal court on Tuesday found a Virginia Mennonite minister guilty of aiding and abetting in an international kidnapping case, by assisting a woman embroiled in a child custody case with her former lesbian partner to flee the country with the couple's young daughter. [ Read more → ]

Massachusetts court rules Vermont ‘civil union’ equal to marriage in divorce proceeding

Thursday, July 26, 2012
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court -- the state's highest appellate court -- ruling in a case regarding divorce proceedings, said that a civil union in Vermont is “the equivalent of marriage in the Commonwealth.” [ Read more → ]
Takako Ueda

Married bi-national lesbian couple escape deportation threat

Thursday, May 24, 2012
DUMMERSTON, Vt. — A Japanese national living in the U.S. on an expired visa with her American wife, was informed Tuesday by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service that agency officials had decided to defer action on deportation proceedings against her. [ Read more → ]

Republican candidates split primary wins on Super Tuesday

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The field of Republican presidential candidates didn’t become any more clear Tuesday night after results were declared for the largest number of contests on a single day during the GOP primary season. [ Read more → ]
Wildflower Inn

ACLU, lesbian couple sue Vermont inn over its ‘no gay reception policy’

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A Vermont inn violated the state's anti-discrimination law when it refused to host a wedding reception for a lesbian couple from New York City, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Miller (left) and Janet Jenkins

FBI makes arrest in lesbian pair’s kidnapping, child custody battle

Friday, April 22, 2011
A man accused of helping a former lesbian sneak a child out of the country, violating a court order that the mother turn the child over to her former same-sex partner, was arrested April 18 and will be arraigned in federal court in Vermont on Monday, April 25. [ Read more → ]

Gay couples begin exchanging vows at Midnight in Vermont

Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Same-sex couples in Vermont began exchanging vows at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday morning, taking advantage of the state's new marriage equality law. Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan (pictured) were among the the first same-sex couples to legally marry under the new law that... [ Read more → ]

Vermont gay marriage law takes effect Tuesday

Monday, August 31, 2009
Vermont's gay marriage law is set to go into effect on Tuesday, September 1st, and supporters of same-sex marriage already are gearing up for what promises to be an emotional week. But officials are not expecting a rush to the altar. The landscape has changed... [ Read more → ]
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