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

Business Supporters

Sign the Business Statement of Support

The people of Vermont have long aspired to live together under fair laws that recognize our equality and common humanity.

As business leaders, we support the freedom to marry in Vermont. We understand that strong businesses thrive in strong communities. We know that our ability to recruit the most talented employees depends on our ability to attract them to a state with fair and inclusive laws. And we understand that Vermont's national leadership in civil rights is an important part of who we are as a state.

Because marriage is a basic human right and an individual choice, we support full civil marriage for same-sex couples. 

Business Statement of Support - Signers

  • Chris E. Adams, Co-Owner, Dynamic Energy Therapy
  • Benjamin Adler, Owner, The Skinny Pancake
  • Ted Adler
  • Aimed at New England - Shots by DAR
  • Jan Albers
  • Robert H. Alberts
  • Andrew Allen, Co-Owner, Vermont Design Works
  • Betsy Allen-Pennebaker, Co-Owner, Vermont Design Works
  • American Brewers Guild
  • Paley Anderson
  • Denise Arduca, Hairstylist, Avanti Salon
  • Dr. Brad Armstrong
  • Portia Arthur
  • Laurel Austin, Cosmetologist, Avanti Salon
  • Margo Baldwin, President & Publisher, Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Thomas Barcus, CEO, Equinox Pointe Management, LLC
  • Sheri Bedard Bannister, President, Spin Creative, Inc
  • Thomas B. Barnes, President, Timberholm Inn
  • Patricia A. Barnett, Owner, Manchester View
  • Matthew Bartle
  • Christine A. Barney, Christine A. Barney, MD, LLC
  • Karin Bar-Zeev, Psychotherapist
  • Kathy Baum
  • Heather Bauman, Owner, Viva Espresso
  • Donna Belcher
  • William Belongia
  • Claire Benedict, Owner, Bear Pond Books
  • Rose Mary Benedict, Stylist, Avanti Salon
  • Karen Bennett, Owner, Bennett's 1815 House & The Seedhouse Café
  • Peter Bennett, Owner, Bennett's 1815 House & The Seedhouse Café
  • Roberta Bennett
  • Lauren Gail Berrizbeitia
  • Jill Bessette, Owner, You Need This, LLC
  • Louise Bianchi, President, Sweeney Todds
  • Leora E. Black, Owner, Counseling Connection, PLC
  • Bleu Sky Creative
  • David Blittersdorf
  • Tamara Boise, Vice President / Owner, Cyclewise Inc.
  • Bob Borella
  • Ernie Borsellino, Owner, The Hub Pizzeria
  • Benjamin Bosher, Jr.
  • Thomas G. Boswell
  • Kevin Bowie
  • Marilyn Brandmer, Shepherdess, Nickwauket Mtn. Sheep Farm
  • Breakaway Farm
  • David Brown
  • Geoffrey S. Brown, President, Williams River House Inc.
  • Patrick Brown, President, Brown Computer Solutions, Inc.
  • Kathleen Bruns, Owner, Zoe's Kaleidoscope
  • Michael L. Burak
  • Greg Burkland
  • Barbara Burmeister, Owner, Forget-Me-Not
  • Thomas Cain, Co-Owner, Against the Grain Gourmet
  • Victor C. Callirgos, President, One Iron, Inc.
  • John Canning, Physician's Computer Company
  • Dr. Nicholas Cannon
  • Pierre Capy, President & Owner, Mocha Joe's Roasting Company
  • Janet Carscadden, Owner, Evolution PT & Yoga Studio, Inc.
  • Michele Carson
  • David C. Carter, Attorney, David C. Carter P.C.
  • Marina Carter, Owner, Marina Carter
  • Christopher Cartwright
  • Mike G. Castillo
  • Cedarwood Chiropractic
  • David G. Chase, Owner, The Right Rear Fender
  • Tina Christensen, Owner, Scuola Group
  • Jason Clark, Owner, JDC's Just Delicious Catering
  • Classic Form Pilates
  • Carin Clements, Sweet Pea Natural Food
  • Tom Clements, Sweet Pea Natural Food
  • Robert J. Cocker, General Manager, Pasta Bar and Grill at the Rusty Nail
  • Timothy Collins, Chef/Owner, The Skinny Pancake
  • Joanna Colwell, Director, Otter Creek Yoga
  • Concept2
  • Carolyn Conner, Owner/Director, Copper Crane Yoga
  • Jeffrey Connor, Owner, Grunberg Haus Bed and Breakfast and Cabins
  • Geoffrey A. Conrad, Innkeeper/Owner, Heart of the Village Inn
  • Betsy Cook
  • Cindy Cook
  • Sherry Corbin, Chief Operating Officer, Phoenix Wire, Inc.
  • Gregory J. Cox, Owner, Boardman Hill Farm
  • Rachel Lee Cummings
  • Liz Curry
  • Robert Davis, Owner, Acupuncture Vermont
  • Rebecca Davison, Co-Owner, RavenMark
  • Benjamin W. Deppman
  • Michael DeSanto, Owner, Phoenix Books
  • Stephen DeVoe
  • DIFCO Inc. Construction
  • Dimensions In Healing
  • David M. Dion, Principal Broker, David M. Dion Real Estate
  • Linda Dissinger
  • Ana Ditursi
  • Wilfredo T. Docto, Innkeeper, Moose Meadow Lodge
  • Charles Dogge
  • Scott Doggett
  • Donomar Inn
  • Shelbi Doperak-Shorey
  • Mark Dowling
  • Jacquie Dragon
  • Bari Dreissigacker
  • Peter Dreissigacker
  • Jill Drinkwater, Owner, Black Bear Inn
  • Gail A. Dubois, Owner, Vermont Canvas Products
  • Matt Dugan
  • Dennis Duhaime
  • Michael Dunbar, President, Middlebury Fence Company
  • Steve Eddy
  • Bob Elkinson, Owner, The Quail Hollow Inn, LLP
  • Henry Erickson
  • Jill Evans
  • Patty Exeter, Co-Owner, Laughing Coyote Woodworks
  • Erik Filkorn
  • Heather Finley, Owner, Balancing Changes
  • Joan Fish
  • Douglas Flack
  • Mimi Francis, Advanced Practice R.N.
  • David Frattalone, Owner, Katie's Jewels
  • Jasen Frederickson, Assistant Innkeeper, Manchester View Fine Lodging
  • Rian Fried, President, Clean Yield Group
  • Galaxy Bookshop
  • Pamela J. Gale, Owner, Pamela Gale Therapeutic Massage
  • Roger Garufi
  • Georganna Gay
  • Roy Gibson, Co-Owner, Laughing Coyote Woodworks
  • Evan Goldsmith
  • Wendy Goodwin
  • Dan Goossen
  • Ben Gordesky
  • Joan H. Gorman, Owner, Millbrook Inn and Restaurant
  • Thom Gorman, Owner, Millbrook Inn and Restaurant
  • Judson C. Gravel, Owner, Rabid Rabbit Auto
  • Richard A. Greenlee, President, Penn Consulting Group
  • H. E. Shaw Company
  • Sandra Harder, Owner and Sole Proprietor, The Alpaca Shack
  • Nicholas Harmon
  • Christie Harris
  • Duncan S. Harris
  • Megan M. Harris, Owner, Lovin Cup Café
  • Bill Harvey
  • Ernie Hathaway
  • Jay Hathaway
  • Rick Hausman
  • Scott Heller, Co-Owner, Frog Meadow Farm B&B
  • Robert Hemmer
  • Elizabeth Herrmann, President, Elizabeth Herrmann Architecture & Design
  • Jennifer A. Hessel Smith, Owner, Que Sera Pampering Parties
  • High Mowing Seeds
  • Jennifer Hill, Owner, The Blossom Basket
  • Tristan Hoag, Owner, Print Quik Ink
  • Dr. Anders Holm
  • Margaret Hooker
  • Allison Hooper
  • Jon Howard, President, JH Design, Inc.
  • Kim Hugerth, Owner, Avanti Salon
  • Mark Hunzinger, Principal, Wellness Resources of Vermont
  • John Hytten, Owner, Serenity Motel
  • Scott Johnstone, Executive Director, Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (VEIC)
  • Candy D. Jones, Owner, Candy Jones Massage Therapy
  • Stephan Jost, Director, Shelburne Museum
  • David S. Kanal, President, Deer Brook Inn
  • John Kelliher, Manager, Long Trail Environmental, LLC
  • Steven Kellogg
  • Paul Kempner, Paul's Handuyman Service
  • J. G. Kerch, III, Owner, Phineas Swann
  • Jason Kirchick, Executive Director, Vermont Vocal Arts Institute
  • Amy Kirschner, Founder, Vermont Sustainable Exchange
  • Laura Kloeti, Owner, Michael's on the Hill Restaurant
  • Richard Kniffin, Regional Manager, Filthy Farmgirl Soap Co.
  • Raymond Knutsen, Owner, Champlain Valley Vineyards
  • Susan Krajac
  • Pamela Krausz, Executive Director, VT-CAN
  • Joseph Kress, MA
  • Erich Kruger
  • Chuck Lacy, President, Barred Rock Fund
  • Whitney Lamy, Owner, Castleton Crackers
  • Pete Land, Partner, Tamarack Media
  • Carol-Lee Lane
  • Matthew Lash, Development Director, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300
  • Deborah Lashman
  • Jerome Lavalley
  • Liz Lavalley, Owner, The Reluctant Panther
  • Susan K. Lawrence, Owner, Phoenix Rising
  • Wendy Leffel, MD, Essential Wellness LLC
  • Tom Lescoe, Owner, Readsboro Inn
  • Katy Lesser
  • Ronald W. Lewis
  • Jim Leyton, Chairman, Eastern Systems Group
  • Peter Lind
  • Julie Lineberger, Board Chair, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Steve Lipman, Assistant General Manager, Anchorage Inn
  • Joe Little, President, Park Place Financial Advisors, LLC
  • Loka Gourmet Catering
  • Long Trail PT
  • Glenn Lower
  • Rod MacIver
  • Michele Macksoud
  • Rich Maggiani
  • Paul Mahan, Owner, Garden Art LLC
  • Mapled Nut Company
  • Erica R. Marks, Power of Intention Coach, Reach the Mark Training
  • Alice Martell, Owner, L & A Market
  • Amy Mason, Co-Owner, Image Mason Design
  • Massage Therapy
  • Michael Maston
  • Don Mayer
  • Andrew McCabe, President, Vergennes Wine & Beverage
  • Robin McDermott
  • Duncan McDougall
  • Elizabeth McEnaney
  • Christine McKeever-Parkes
  • Susan McMillan, DVM, Owner, Vet To Pet Mobile Veterinary Service/Old North End Veterinary Clinic
  • Sharon Mcnair
  • Patricia G. McWilliams, Owner, Hermit Hill Books
  • Kristen Menow, Owner, Lily Pad Properties
  • Marcia S Merrill, CPA, Owner, Montgomery & Merrill, PC
  • Sharon Merritt
  • Merritt & Merritt & Moulton
  • Meyers and Munafo, LLC
  • Suzanna Miller, Co-Owner, Vermont Cookie Love
  • Paul Millman, President, Chroma Technology
  • Linda Mirable, Co-Owner, RavenMark
  • Sophia Miskel, Owner, Governor's Rock Motel
  • Colleen L Montgomery, CPA, Owner, Montgomery & Merrill, PC
  • Carol Moore
  • Yves Morrissette, Owner, Vermont Kingdom Coffee Roasters
  • Jenne Morton
  • Melinda Moulton, CEO, Main Street Landing
  • Christine Murphy, Owner, Jim Murphy Property & Home Inspection & Consulting
  • Jim Murphy, Owner, Jim Murphy Property & Home Inspection & Consulting
  • Elliott Nachwalter, President, BLD Designs, Inc.
  • Brenda Narucki, Owner, Fountain of Dreams, LLC
  • Sharon C. Niquette, Co-Owner Manager & Floral Designer, Buds & Roses
  • Lawrence Nowlan, Owner, LJN Sculpture
  • Opaque Design & Print Production
  • Dr. Michael Palmer, President, Ethics By Design
  • Tim Palmer
  • Patricia Palumbo, Owner, The Logical Choice
  • Nora G. Parsons
  • Will Patten
  • Patty Paul, Co-Manager, Sweet Charity
  • Peace Pups Dogsledding
  • Donald E. Peddie
  • Jason Pelletier, Partner, Found Line
  • Barbara Pelton
  • Lisa Pezzulich
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Stephen Pitmon, Owner, Alpine Family Dentistry
  • Penny Ploof
  • Policy Integrity
  • Sandy Post
  • Nancy Potak
  • Erin Preston, Practice Manager, Onion River Animal Hospital
  • Kristin Propp
  • Louis Propp
  • Kate Purdie, Director/Editor, Ames Hill Film and Video Productions
  • Sheryl Rapee-Adams, Co-Owner, Dynamic Energy Therapy
  • Glenn Ravdin
  • Andrew L. Rector
  • Andy Reichsman, Owner, Ames Hill Film and Video Productions
  • Stephen D. Reid
  • Reincarnation Upscale Resale & Fabulous Finds
  • Renee S. Reiner, Owner, Phoenix Books
  • Paul Richardson
  • Lawrence Richichi, Business Owner, The Belding House
  • Jaquelyn Rieke, Owner, Nutty Steph's Granola and Chocolate Factory
  • David Robbins, Proprietor, Upstairs Antiques
  • Mark B. Robel, Owner, Readsboro Inn
  • Becky Roberts, Owner, Vet To Pet Mobile Veterinary Service/Old North End Veterinary Clinic
  • Steve Roberts, CoolMindWarmHeart.com
  • Jeanne Rogow
  • Ana Rosales
  • Jackie Rose
  • James Rossiter
  • Nora J. Rubinstein
  • Carolyn Ruschp, Owner, Stowe Motel & Suite
  • Joseph J. Russo, Jr., President, Green Mt. Maple Sugar Refining Co.
  • Allyson Ryan, Avanti Salon
  • Beth Ryan, Co-Owner, Bebop Baby Shop
  • William N. Ryerson, President, Population Media Center
  • Beth Sachs, Executive Director, Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (VEIC)
  • Mary Jean Sadlak
  • Carolyn Sailer, Owner, Sea Sails Inc./The Moonshine Inn & Chirstophe Chef Services
  • July Sanders, Owner, Magnolia Bistro
  • Barbara Saunders
  • Carol Scafuro
  • Michael Schaal
  • George R. Schenk, Jr., Founder, CEO, American Flatbread Co.
  • Matthew Schlein
  • Randolph Schmidt, Owner, The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
  • Bill Schubart
  • Kate Schubart
  • Nancy Schulz, Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition
  • Janice Shade
  • Kirk Shamberger
  • Robert F. Shannon
  • Dean A. Silloway, President, Silloway Networks
  • Arlene M. Silva
  • Tracy J. Sloan, CPA
  • Malcolm (Skip) Smith
  • Stan Smith
  • Scott D. Smith, M.D.
  • Southern Vermont Photography
  • Jonah Spirak, Art Director, Spectrum Design
  • Sue Spitzner, Owner, Toot Sweet Bakery
  • Peter Stearns, Owner, The Quail Hollow Inn, LLP
  • Frank Stewart, Owner, Richmond Victorian Inn
  • Joyce Stewart, Owner, Richmond Victorian Inn
  • Suzanne Stofflet, President, Samara Foundation of Vermont
  • Stowe Street Emporium
  • Michael Swaidner
  • Sue Sweeney
  • Stephen Taylor, Co-Owner, Newfane Woods Guest Suite
  • TEAM Physical Therapy
  • Stephanie Teleen, Owner, Jakfish
  • Diane Tetrault
  • The Friday Group, LLC
  • The Healing Experience
  • Ronald J. Theissen, CPA
  • Daniel M. Thomas
  • Clifton Thompson, Business Owner, The Belding House
  • George Timko
  • B. Ann Tipledy, CEO, Red Houses Farm, Inc.
  • Dawn M. Touzin
  • Elroy Towle, Jr., Partner, Butternut Pond Arts
  • Jeff Towsley, Owner, www.efile4less.com
  • Alice Trageser
  • Chris Triebert, Owner, Rock River Editions, Design & Photography
  • Greg K. Trulson, Innkeeper, Moose Meadow Lodge
  • Carol M. Tunney
  • Wayne Turiansky, President, Amalgamated Culture Works
  • Sheila Tymon, Innkeeper, Thistledown Inn B&B
  • Kate Van Wagner, Co-Owner, Bebop Baby Shop
  • Lynn Vera
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Vermont Earth Institute
  • Vermont Tech Guy
  • Vermont Vocal Arts Institute
  • Sal Vespa
  • Francis Voigt
  • Andy Vota
  • Diane Depalma Vullo, Vermont Wholesome Foods
  • Judy Walke, Collaboration & Planning Consultant,
  • Todd Walker
  • John Wall
  • John Wallace
  • David Warner
  • Andrew Weill, Owner, Manchester Hot Glass
  • Judy Werner, President, JW Publishing
  • Jonathan West, General Manager, Village Picture Shows
  • Amie J. Whitcomb
  • Sara White, Executive Director, Spay ASAP, Inc.
  • Fred Wilber, Owner, Buch Spieler Music
  • John Williams, Owner, The Vermont Bird Place & Sky Watch
  • Jerelyn Wilson
  • Jeff Wolfe, CEO, groSolar
  • James Woodard
  • Michael Wood-Lewis
  • Christa Wurm
  • Carole S. Younkman, Co-Owner, Stony Brook Farm
  • Denise Zalik, Owner, Clean Spaces, LLC
  • Sign the Business Statement of Support today!


    Equality is good business!

    Denying same-sex couples the legal right to marry negatively impacts Vermont businesses and GLBT employees.

    Employeesurvey2_2The ground-breaking civil union law once offered VT businesses an edge in recruiting and retaining talented employees, but the bar has been raised with marriage equality to the south of us in Massachusetts and Connecticut and to the north of us in Canada.

    We already face the challenge to maintain talent in the state and denying GLBT individuals in the workforce equality only exacerbates this issue.

    "I'm in the market for a place to live...and I'm only going to move to the state where I can marry the person I love."
    — Laura Wood, Graduate Student, Brattleboro Hearing

    Additionally, because of the mix of legal systems that recognize same-sex relationships, multi-state businesses are forced to navigate a complicated legal environment, which results in an undue burden on company resources. 

    Gaining equal marriage rights is a quality of life issue for many GLBT Vermonters in the workforce.  Below are just some of the issues GLBT employees face:

    • must pay an additional tax on health care benefits
    • do not receive social security survivor benefits
    • are denied many other important benefits and protections

    Gaining marriage rights for same-sex couples in Vermont will not provide the federal legal rights of marriage to GLBT employees immediately, but Vermont business leaders know that Vermont must treat all individuals in the workforce as equal in order to create a vibrant economy. It's just good business!


    1. Sign the Business Statement of Support today! If you own a business or if you are a recognized business leader and you support equality, we urge to sign the Business Statement of Support today!

    2. Invite VFM to address your business, association or chamber. Contact Robyn Maguire (802.310.6683) to coordinate having a VFM speaker address your fellow business colleagues to provide one-on-one education.

    3.Download a PDF version of the Business Statement to urge business owners to sign on in support of equality. You know who are the supportive business owners in your community. Help us connect with them. Take the statement to them and ask for their support by signing the business statement today.

    4. Write a letter to the editor today. As a business person, you offer another perspective as to why marriage equality is important to Vermont. You can share with readers the benefits of moving Vermont forward to employers and employees.