Montpelier in Washington County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
Vermont Equality For Same-Sex Couples
On December 20, 1999, “in recognition of our common humanity,” The Vermont Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Baker v. State that Vermont same-sex couples were constitutionally entitled "to the same benefits and protections as married opposite sex couples."
On April 26, 2000, the Vermont legislature responded to the Court's ruling, by voting to create Civil Unions, granting same-sex couples all of the rights and responsibilities of the marriage statutes. Effective July 1, 2000, this controversial Civil Union legislation granted legal recognition to same-sex couples for the first time anywhere in United States.
Over the next nine years, from 2000 to 2009, 1,600 Vermont same-sex couples, and more than 7,000 couples from 48 states and dozens of foreign countries travelled to Vermont to be legally joined in Civil Unions.
On April 7, 2009, Vermont became the first state to enact same-sex marriage through a vote of the legislature rather than through a court ruling. In voting to override the governor's veto, the legislature made Vermont the fourth state
On September 1, 2009, Vermont achieved full marriage equality for all Vermont couples.
Erected 2016 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is December 20, 1999.
Location. 44° 15.719′ N, 72° 34.801′ W. Marker is in Montpelier, Vermont, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from State Street 0.1 miles east of Bailey Avenue. Marker is located on a walkway between the Vermont Supreme Court and the Vermont State House. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 115 State Street, Montpelier VT 05602, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ethan Allen (within shouting distance of this marker); Ammi B. Young (within shouting distance of this marker); State House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Senator William Upham (approx. 0.4 miles away); Montpelier Recreation Field (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Boy Scout Troop in America (approx. 5.8 miles away); Clarence W. Fitch (approx. 6 miles away); Currier Park (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montpelier.
Additional keywords. LGBT LGBTQ
Credits. This page was last revised on February 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 29, 2017, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.