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A Little Growth on the Issue of Marriage

Timothy Kincaid

March 25th, 2009

In 2000, Rep. Tom Little (R), wrote the Vermont civil unions bill to meet the Supreme Court’s mandate that gay couples be treated equally. He thought that was adequate at the time.

Now Little is back to testify before the House committee on a bill to replace civil unions with marriage equality.

“I’ve learned a lot in the last eight-and-a-half years,” Little told the committee. “I think that gay and lesbian couples, under Act 91, have been more open and received more legal recognition in Vermont.”

Little quickly added that he believes Act 91 – the state’s civil union law passed in 2000 – does not go the full length to bring equal rights to same-sex couples in the state.

“This is an opportunity for the General Assembly to take a deep look at the issues and take direct action that will fulfill the promise of equality under the Vermont Constitution,” Little said.

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