Critical moments in New England campaigns for marriage equality

by on October 27, 2009  •  In Marriage

The Boston History Project sponsored a panel discussion recently in which GLAD Legal Director Gary Buseck posed questions to two of the leading advocates for gay marriage: GLAD lawyer Mary Bonauto and Vermont Freedom to Marry lawyer Beth Robinson.  The result is a window into the history of the litigation and legislative efforts across New England, beginning more than a decade ago. Listening to the video below (excerpts of the discussion, compiled by GLAD) reminded me of how profoundly local these decisions are. I found especially interesting the background on the civil unions law in Vermont – its enactment and the almost successful attempt to repeal it. And there's a very funny story about then Vermont Governor Howard Dean at the end of the first excerpt.


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