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Storm over Vermont.

In a forerunner of the legislative battle to come, thousands of Vermont residents braved a storm January 25 to debate same-sex marriage at the statehouse in Montpelier. Participants in the four-hour forum--the first since the state supreme court ruled that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to the same benefits enjoyed by married couples--were largely civil in tone.

"Vermont is famous for maple syrup, cheese, scenic beauty, and traditional values," declared one resident who spoke at the hearing. "Is [gay marriage] what we want Vermont to be famous for?" But state resident Lee Moffatt countered that he and his male partner deserve equal rights: "I too represent the face of Vermont."
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U1VT
Date:Feb 29, 2000
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