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Encyclopedia > Civil unions in Vermont
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Overview

Civil unions in State nickname: Area 24,923 km² (45th)  - Land 23,974 km²  - Water 949 km² (3.8%) Population (2000)  - Population 608,827 (49th)  - Density 25.41 /km² (30th) Admittance into Union  - Date March 4, 1791  - Order 14th Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4... Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000 - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes.css; @import /skins/monobook/IE55Fixes.css; @import /skins/monobook/IE60Fixes.css; /**/ 2000 From Wikipedia 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. Popular culture also holds the year 2000 as the first year of the 21st century and the 3rd... 2000. Parties to a civil union are given all the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under State nickname: Area 24,923 km² (45th)  - Land 23,974 km²  - Water 949 km² (3.8%) Population (2000)  - Population 608,827 (49th)  - Density 25.41 /km² (30th) Admittance into Union  - Date March 4, 1791  - Order 14th Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4... Vermont law, whether they derive from statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law, as are granted to spouses in a Marriage is a relationship that plays a key role in the definition of many families. Precise definitions vary historically and between and within cultures, but it has been an important concept as a socially sanctioned bond between people who (usually) are in a sexual relationship. Globally, societies that sanction polygyny... marriage. In practical effect, of course, the legal rights and duties of parties to Vermont civil unions are greatly inferior to those of opposite-sex spouses for the simple reason that the vast array of federal rights and responsibilities of marriage are still unavailable under federal law to same-sex couples and other unmarried partners. Only a change in federal law will allow Vermont same-sex couples full equality under the law.


Specifics

Eligibility

A couple that wishes to be united in civil union must meet the following requirements:

  • Neither party may be party to another civil union or a Marriage is a relationship that plays a key role in the definition of many families. Precise definitions vary historically and between and within cultures, but it has been an important concept as a socially sanctioned bond between people who (usually) are in a sexual relationship. Globally, societies that sanction polygyny... marriage or a party in a legal reciprocal beneficiary relationship.
  • Both parties must be of the same sex.
  • Parties may not be close family members.
  • Both parties must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Both parties must be mentally competent.
  • Neither party may be under guardianship, unless the guardian consents in writing.

Registration and Dissolution

The requirements for entering into and dissolving a civil union are substantially the same as those for entering into and dissolving a Marriage is a relationship that plays a key role in the definition of many families. Precise definitions vary historically and between and within cultures, but it has been an important concept as a socially sanctioned bond between people who (usually) are in a sexual relationship. Globally, societies that sanction polygyny... marriage under State nickname: Area 24,923 km² (45th)  - Land 23,974 km²  - Water 949 km² (3.8%) Population (2000)  - Population 608,827 (49th)  - Density 25.41 /km² (30th) Admittance into Union  - Date March 4, 1791  - Order 14th Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4... Vermont law. There is no residency requirement for entering into a civil union, but there is a six-month residency requirement for dissolving a civil union.


History

On December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 11 days remaining. Events 1522 - Suleiman the Magnificent accepts the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually re-settle on Malta and become known... December 20, 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the ) March 29 - For the first time, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above the 10000 mark at 10006.78. April April 1 - Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, part of the Northwest Territories becomes Canadas... 1999 the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in Baker v. Vermont was decided in 1999 by the Supreme Court of the state of Vermont. The decision represented one of the first high-level judicial affirmations of same-sex couples right to treatment equivalent to that of traditionally married couples. The unanimous decision found that existing prohibitions on same... Baker v. Vermont that same-sex couples are “entitled under Chapter I, Article 7, of the Vermont Constitution to obtain the same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.” The Court did not rule on whether Vermont was required to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but suggested that the legislature could enact a parallel licensing scheme affording the same substantial benefits as marriage to same-sex couples. After very contentious debate, the legislature followed the Court’s suggestion and passed H.B. 847 which was signed by Gov. Dr. Howard Dean Howard Brush Dean III, M.D. (born November 17, 1948) is a prominent Democratic politician in the United States. Dean served as Governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003, but rose to national fame as an insurgent candidate -- and briefly, the front-runner -- for the 2004 Democratic... Howard Dean. The law went into effect on July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. Events 1000-1899 1097 - Battle of Dorylaeum Crusaders under Bohemond of Taranto defeat a Turkish army under Qilich Arslan I. 1690 - Battle of the Boyne as reckoned under Julian... July 1, 2000. State nickname: Area 24,923 km² (45th)  - Land 23,974 km²  - Water 949 km² (3.8%) Population (2000)  - Population 608,827 (49th)  - Density 25.41 /km² (30th) Admittance into Union  - Date March 4, 1791  - Order 14th Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4... Vermont thus became the second U.S. state (after California) to offer legal status to same-sex couples, and the first to offer a Also for straight couples. A civil union is one of several terms for a civil status similar to marriage, typically created for the purposes of allowing homosexual couples access to the benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals (see also same-sex marriage); it can also be used by couples of differing... civil union status encompassing the same legal rights and responsibilities of Marriage is a relationship that plays a key role in the definition of many families. Precise definitions vary historically and between and within cultures, but it has been an important concept as a socially sanctioned bond between people who (usually) are in a sexual relationship. Globally, societies that sanction polygyny... marriage.


Recognition Outside of Vermont

Despite the Full faith and credit is mutual understanding between courts of the 50 states of the United States to recognize, honor and enforce each others actions. The doctrine is rooted in the United States Constitution. Section one of Article four of the United States Constitution is known as the Full... "full faith and credit" clause of the Page I of the Constitution of the United States of America Page II of the United States Constitution Page III of the United States Constitution Page IV of the United States Constitution The Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America and is... United States Constitution, civil unions are generally not recognized outside of the state of Vermont in the absence of specific legislation. The controversial The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA is a federal law of the United States passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996. The law provides: First, it allows each state (or similar political division in the United States) to recognize or deny any marriage... Defense of Marriage Act purports to prevent obligatory recognition of same-sex unions in other jurisdictions. As far as voluntary recognition of civil unions in other jurisdictions is concerned, California’s domestic partnership laws apparently recognize Vermont civil unions as of January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Here a specify that January 1 was to be either New Years Day or the first day of its numbered year. Although England began its numbered year on March 25 ( Lady Day... January 1, 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. Events January Iraqi police officers hold up their index fingers marked with purple indelible ink, a security measure to prevent double voting. Worldwide aid effort continues to develop in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. January 3... 2005. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005. New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States and is at the center of international finance, politics, communications, music, fashion, and culture. New York City is among the world... New York City's Domestic Partnership Law, passed in 2002, also recognizes civil unions formalized in other jurisdictions. The Federal Republic of Germany ( German: Official language German1 Capital Berlin Largest City Berlin Chancellor Gerhard Schröder President Horst Köhler Area - Total - % water Ranked 61st 349,223 km² 2.416% Population - Total ( 2004) - Density Ranked 13th 82,531,700 242/km² Formation Unification Treaty... Germany's international civil law (EGBGB) also accords to Vermont civil unions the same benefits and responsibilities that apply in Vermont, as long as they do not exceed the standard accorded by German law to a German civil union.


Civil unions can be dissolved in Vermont family court in exactly the same manner as Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage, which can be contrasted with an annulment which is a declaration that a marriage is void, though the effects of marriage may be recognized in such unions, such as spousal support, child custody and distribution of property. ; a divorced... divorce of married couples. But while there is no residency requirement to contract a civil union, there is a six-month residency requirement to dissolve one. The attempt of Glen Rosengarten to obtain, in his home state of Connecticut, a formal dissolution of his Vermont civil union with Peter Downes, then a resident of New York City, was rejected by the court of appeals on the basis of lack of jurisdiction. This was the first case of a non-Vermont resident seeking a dissolution of a civil union, and it seems reasonable to anticipate difficulty in other such cases.


Controversy

Vermont civil unions were hailed by some observers as a fair compromise between those who favor legal equality for same-sex couples and those who would limit marriage to opposite-sex couples. Many gay rights advocates are hopeful that the law will act as a “stepping stone” towards obtaining greater recognition for same-sex couples in the The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America¹, the States, or (archaically) Columbia — is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii... United States and internationally, and ultimately lead to full marriage equality. Other gay rights advocates are more critical of civil unions, drawing comparisons to the “ Separate but equal was a policy enacted into law throughout the U.S. Southern states during the period of segregation, in which African Americans and Americans of European descent would receive the same services (schools, hospitals, water fountains, bathrooms, etc.), but that there would be distinct facilities for each race... separate but equal” justification for school segregation that was rejected by the The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States to interpret and decide questions of federal law, including... United State Supreme Court in George E.C. Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, and James Nabrit, congratulating each other, following Supreme Court decision declaring segregation unconstitutional , 347 U.S. 483 (1954) was a landmark case of the United States Supreme Court which explicitly outlawed , 347 U.S. 497 (1954)*. Background For much of the 90 years preceding... Brown v. Board of Education. Furthermore, they point out that civil unions can never be truly equal to Marriage is a relationship that plays a key role in the definition of many families. Precise definitions vary historically and between and within cultures, but it has been an important concept as a socially sanctioned bond between people who (usually) are in a sexual relationship. Globally, societies that sanction polygyny... marriage. The very fact of being forced into separate institution, it is argued, will always stigmatize same-sex couples, treating them as inferior and not worthy of full equality. Gay rights opponents, on the other hand, tend to oppose civil unions because they feel that same-sex couples do not deserve equality under the law, nor even the most minimal government recognition. Many anti-gay opponents of civil unions had wanted the legislature to openly defy the Baker v. Vermont was decided in 1999 by the Supreme Court of the state of Vermont. The decision represented one of the first high-level judicial affirmations of same-sex couples right to treatment equivalent to that of traditionally married couples. The unanimous decision found that existing prohibitions on same... Baker v. Vermont ruling. They support proposed constitutional amendments on the state and/or federal level that would deny equality under the law to same-sex couples.


Links

The Vermont Guide to Civil Unions (http://www.sec.state.vt.us/otherprg/civilunions/civilunions.html) – from the Vermont Secretary of State.


  Results from FactBites:
 
Civil unions in Vermont - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (950 words)
Civil unions in Vermont are legal unions of same-sex couples in accordance with a law that went into effect in 2000.
Parties to a civil union are given all the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under Vermont law, whether they derive from statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law, as are granted to spouses in a marriage.
Civil unions can be dissolved in Vermont family court in exactly the same manner as divorce of married couples.
Civil union - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2433 words)
Unions that are similar to or synonymous with civil unions include civil partnerships, registered partnerships, and domestic partnerships.
The controversial civil unions law enacted in Vermont in 2000 was passed as a response to the Vermont Supreme Court ruling in Baker v.
A Vermont civil union is nearly identical to a legal marriage, as far as the rights and responsibilities for which state law, not federal law, is responsible are concerned.
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