Civil unions stand.
The repeal move came in the form of a "reciprocal partnership' bill, passed by the house May 24, that would confer marriage benefits on all relationships between two people who cannot other-wise marry, including, for instance, pairs of blood relatives. Civil unions apply only to same-sex couples.
Although supporters of the bill, which passed 72-69, said it was meant to provide equal rights to all Vermonters, many gay people said the bill was an insult.
"Last year we crafted a Vermont compromise, and we called it civil union," said Rep. William Lippert, who is openly gay. "What we have before us today is not just an expansion, as proclaimed; it in fact undoes that Vermont compromise called civil union. You cannot escape that."
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|Title Annotation:||efforts to repeal civil union legislation in Vermont|
|Publication:||The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Jul 3, 2001|
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