Same-sex marriage report due
Posted on April 19, 2008
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MONTPELIER – The long-awaited report to the Vermont Legislature on the possibility of expanding marriage rights to same-sex couples will be released Monday. Tom Little, the chairman of the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection, said members of the legislatively created group will meet at the Statehouse on Monday at 3 p.m. in Room 10 to unveil their findings.
A preliminary copy of the report – which will detail Vermonters’ feelings on gay marriage eight years after the civil unions law – is not yet available, Little said Wednesday, because members are still putting their final touches to it. “We’ve been discussing it over e-mail,” he said.
Little said members of the group will discuss the highlights of the report at that meeting, the process of holding a series of public hearings across the state and “what lies ahead.”
“Of course, what lies ahead is really out of our hands,” Little said, referring to possible legislative action that may follow the report. Democratic leaders of the Vermont House and Senate formed the committee – comprised of 11 Vermonters, including Little, a former Republican state legislator who oversaw the writing of the 2000 civil unions law – last summer to determine if it is time for the state to take the next step in expanding the rights of gays and lesbians. More fo Same-sex marriage report due @ Barre Montpelier Times Argus, VT
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