From legal rights to Equal Rights: Vermont Freedom to Marry

The Commission
Find out more information about previous Commission hearings.

Watch slideshows of the first five Commission hearings.

Wednesday October 10th - Johnson Public Hearing (Slide show)

Monday October 29th Vermont Law School Expert Testimony (Slide show)

Saturday November 19th - Lyndonville Public Hearing (Slide show)

Tuesday December 18th - Montpelier Public Hearing (Slide show)

Monday December 10th - St. Albans Public Hearing (Slide show)

Saturday January 12 Bennington Public Hearing

Saturday February 2nd - Rutland Public Hearing

Monday February 12th- Williston Public Hearing


House Speaker Gaye Symington & President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin at the press conference announcing the commission.
VFM Board Chair, Beth Robinson speaks to the press about the announcement of the commission.
Colleen Montgomery of Burlington shares with the President Pro Tem the importance of equal marriage for her daughter and family.

House Speaker Gaye Symington and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin launched the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection to study same-sex marriage in Vermont. The Commission will hold public hearings throughout the state to provide Vermonters the opportunity to speak on this issue.

The Commission consists of 11 members and is chaired by Tom Little of Shelburne, an attorney and a former member of the Vermont House.

Additional Members Include:

Senator John Campbell of Windsor County – Current member of the legislature
Representative Johanna Leddy-Donovan of Burlington – Current member of the legislature
Mary Ann Carlson of Arlington – A counselor and former State Senator
Berton R. Frye of West Danville – Owner of Frye’s Quarry in W. Danville
Governor Phil Hoff of Burlington
Barbara Murphy of Johnson – President of Johnson State College
Helen Riehle of South Burlington – Executive Director of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, Inc. and former State Senator
Michael Vinton of East Charleston – Polygrapher and a former member of the Vermont House
Rev. Nancy Vogele of White River Junction – Episcopal Minister in White River Junction
John Bloomer, Jr – Former member of the Vermont Senate

You can link to the Vermont Legislature Issue Page or watch the first meeting on Mountain Pride Media’s webpage.