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Clippings: Same-sex unions have stood test

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



About a decade ago, former Independent colleague Jeff Inglis stopped in and handed me a copy of one of my old Clippings columns. Jeff said he found it in Vermont Supreme Court records while researching that court’s 1999 ruling that Vermont must allow same-sex couples the “same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.”

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Clippings: Court decision grants true equality

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Lee Kahrs



Vermonters are generally known for keeping to themselves, not getting into their neighbors’ business and respecting each other’s privacy. Gay Vermonters are no exception.

For the past eight years, I have kept my personal life and opinions separate from my job as the editor of The Reporter. I am a pretty private person, and I maintain a clear line separating my journalistic life and my home life, as all good journalists should. A reporter’s worst nightmare is to become the subject of the news they report.

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Eric Davis: Ruling looms on same-sex unions

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



The U.S. Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear cases on same-sex marriage later this year. The cases come from four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — where state statutory or constitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage were ruled unconstitutional by lower federal court judges but were then reinstated by a federal appeals court on a 2-to-1 vote.

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Same-sex marriage rooted in Weybridge

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont had the distinction in 2000 of becoming the first state in the union to approve a civil unions law, through which same-sex couples were extended many of the same rights as heterosexual married couples. Nine years later, Vermont became the first state to approve a same-sex marriage law without being required to do so by a court decision.

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Eric Davis: Court cases beg Obama's attention

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



During President Obama’s first term, the Justice Department defended the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court proceedings brought by same-sex couples seeking to have their relationships treated equally by federal agencies.

In her new book, “Forcing the Spring,” Jo Becker, a reporter for The New York Times, recounts how Obama changed his position on marriage equality and directed officials in the Justice Department to drop their defense of DOMA.

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