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Same-sex marriages begin in Vermont

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Back in April, Vermont's legislature passed (and then overrode a veto of) a law recognizing same-sex marriages, starting September 1.

That's today!

The first couples to be wed under the new law tied the knot a few minutes after midnight last night.

Apparently there has not (so far) been a big rush of same-sex couples scheduling weddings in Vermont. An article I saw the other day speculated that the proximity of Massachusetts and Connecticut mean that a lot of same-sex couple in the region may have already gotten married elsewhere.

Still, I'm pleased. Congratulations to the newlyweds, and to those who plan to marry in Vermont sometime soon!

[Added later: Forgot to mention that Ben & Jerry's is celebrating by changing the name of their Chubby Hubby flavor to Hubby Hubby for the month of September. It's not clear to me whether that change will be nationwide or only in Vermont, but I suspect the latter.]

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Local interviews are suggesting that many of VT couples already have had at least one, if not two commitment ceremonies (e.g., under, say, a Unitarian Church, and later when civil unions were authorized). The tendency may now be to go get the license/paperwork now, without throwing a wedding as well.

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