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VT HOUSE S.115 As Enacted: Read the new law!

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March 2009

March 31, 2009

S.115 Clears Next Hurdle

We're one step closer! We need YOU to help us press on. Fairness and equality are within our reach. We MUST do the hard work to keep reaching out to our elected leaders to get the job done. We can't expect our elected Representatives to advocate for us if they don't see us advocating for ourselves! Spend the day at the Statehouse on Thursday, April 2 (get there by 9 a.m. - read more below).

The House Judiciary Committee voted S.115 out of committee today with a 8-2 vote! The committee made minor amendments to strengthen protections for religious freedom, and to make it clear that the laws only regulate civil marriage. The committee worked hard, listening to lots of testimony on a range of topics from diverse witnesses. Please thank the House Judiciary Committee members who supported this bill. (You can leave a message with the Sgt-at-Arms, 802-828-2228).

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March 30, 2009

Last Chance: House Committee Votes Tomorrow

The House Judiciary Committee met briefly today to discuss S.115, and then adjourned so that committee members could review the extensive record of documents received during the course of their hearings.  Tomorrow, they begin their work at 8:30 a.m.; they'll discuss S.115 and any potential amendments throughout the day, and are expected to vote the bill out of committee by the end of the day.  

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Doyle Poll: 55% of Vermonters support same-sex marriage

Doyle PollAn unscientific survey taken by state. Sen. William Doyle shows that 55 percent of Vermonters support gay marriage, 38 percent oppose it and 7 percent are undecided. 

Read the WPTZ story here

March 29, 2009

A Thousand Vermonters Rally for Equality!

Burlington Vigil From Brattleboro to Burlington, Vermonters committed to freedom and fairness gathered and rallied this afternoon at sites throughout the State. 

Middlebury may have set the record, with 300 Vermonters crammed into St. Stephens Episcopal Church for a standing-room only rally. 

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Area Newspapers Continue to Criticize Douglas

Vermont's daily newspaper editors continue their criticism of Governor Douglas for his pledge to veto the civil marriage bill - go to our Press Room to read recent editorials from the Burlington Free Press, the Times Argus, Rutland Herald, and Brattleboro Reformer.

Governor Dean Comes Out Strong For Civil Rights

Howard DeanLast night at the Vermont Democratic Party's annual David Curtis Dinner, Governor Howard Dean came out strong in favor of the freedom to marry.  Speaking to undecided legislators, he said, "Stand up for doing the right thing; for being a human being . . . .Put human rights above politics because if you don't, you'll regret it for the rest of your political career." 

Dean's endorsement was especially meaningful, given his role in the enactment of the civil union law in 2000.  

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March 27, 2009

Friday's Rally a Success!

An overflow crowd – old, young, gay, straight, grandparents, parents and kids cheered enthusiastically for the overwhelming Senate vote on Monday.

They applauded heartily as legislative leaders Senate President Peter Shumlin and House Speaker Shap Smith described their commitment to civil rights. They heard the message loud and clear: We CAN and WILL win this IF WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE HARD WORK THAT LIES AHEAD OVER THE COMING DAYS.

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March 26, 2009

Please help us get this new ad on the air!

Governor Douglas’ veto threat has only strengthened our resolve to ensure that the legislature passes a bill protecting our families and our civil rights THIS YEAR. We need to reach as many Vermonters as possible - TODAY.

Please donate NOW. Help us take to the airwaves. Our future and history depend  on it! 

Please Make a Contribution Today!

Come to the Statehouse Rally Friday!


Legislative Leadership's Response to Gov. Douglas

Yesterday's announcement by Governor Douglas that he would veto the marriage bill was profoundly disappointing -- and Vermonters are letting him know! 

The civil rights movement of our generation is underway, and Governor Douglas missed the memo.  He's turned his back on our families and our rights.

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March 25, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Douglas plans to VETO!

Gov. Douglas held a press conference today where he announced that he will veto bill S.115, the marriage equality bill, if it passes the House. 

WE CANNOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!!

Our task is clear now – we must use the upcoming days to change his mind. 

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