Vermont’s Gay Marriage Commission meets Thursday

The Legislative Committee considering the possibility of expanding marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples will hold its historic first meeting Thursday morning at the Statehouse in Montpelier.

Of course, part of the committee’s charge is to hear from Vermonters on the subject, although that’s not what they’ll be doing during their first meeting. Still, if you’re in town between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., swing by Room 11 at the Statehouse. I’ll try to be there early for a good seat.

Also, if you want to write to the committee to tell them your thoughts, here’s the address:

The Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection, c/o Legislative
Council, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633-5301.

-Dan Barlow

2 Responses to Vermont’s Gay Marriage Commission meets Thursday

  1. Paul from Boston

    Tell them there’s no legal or logical reason for civil rights, which we all already know.
    A good line that I came up with though that you could use is…….”Civil unions are at best separate but equal and at worst separate but unequal”. I think that really hammers the point home and is a line that we should be using with politicians etc. that don’t support civil marriage.

  2. Same-sex marriage activists will say, “Separate is not equal.” Analogy to Brown v. Board of Education (1954, US Supreme Court) is a common error which ignores the historical facts. “Separate but equal” was invented by white supremacists in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896, US Supreme Court) to oppress African-Americans. Domestic Partners was invented by a gay man, Tom Brougham, in 1982 and advanced by lesbian & gay organizations to obtain the benefits of marriage when most lesbians & gay men viewed marriage as a discredited patriarchal institution in which we did not wish to participate. Indeed, the acceptance of civil union & domestic partners is more comparable to Brown than to Plessy.