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Vermont recognizes the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry. And because the US Supreme Court overturned parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal government also recognizes LGBT marriages. This means same-sex married couples living in Vermont are eligible for all rights and benefits afforded to heterosexual married couples.
Here is a run-down on Vermont law affecting the LGBTQ community:
1 Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships: Same-sex marriage in Vermont began on September 1, 2009. Vermont was the first state to introduce civil unions in July 2000, and the first state to introduce same-sex marriage by enacting a statute without being required to do so by a court decision. Same-sex marriage became legal earlier as the result of court decisions, not legislation, in three states: Massachusetts,Connecticut, and Iowa.
To date, sixteen states – CA, CT, DE, HI, IA, IL, ME, MD, MA, MN, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, and WA – plus Washington, D.C. have the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
2 Adoption Law: Vermont law permits single LGBT individual and same-sex couple to petition to adopt. In June 1993, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in favor of a lesbian who sought to adopt her partner’s 2 biological sons.
3 Anti-Discrimination Law: Vermont law bans discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, public accommodations, education, housing, credit, insurance and union practices. When Vermont enacted hate crimes legislation in 1990, one of the first states to do so, the Hate Crimes Act included sexual orientation. Most of the testimony and statistics that supported its passage related to the gay and lesbian community and one incident of anti-gay violence helped secure its passage. The state added sexual identity in 1999.
4 Sodomy Law: All sodomy laws were repealed at the state level in April 1977.
5Gender Identity: Vermont permits post-operative transsexuals to amend their sex on their birth certificates.
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