Vermont group that pushed for 1st gay marriage law disbands

Vermont's Freedom to Marry says it's mission is accomplished. Derek de Koff

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, which in 2009 pushed for and won passage of the country’s first same-sex marriage law not directly forced by a court, say its work is done and it’s disbanding.

The task force was formed in 1996 by Beth Robinson, now a Vermont Supreme Court justice, and Susan Murray, with hopes of achieving civil marriage equality in Vermont.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that same-sex couples can get married anywhere in the country, the group says its mission is complete.

Sheryl RapĂ©e-Adams, chairwoman of the task force, said Thursday that Vermont’s leadership role in the marriage-equality movement was an example of what people can accomplish when they “join together with determination and perseverance to gain civil rights.”

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