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Mon, 20 Dec 1999 14:07:29 -0500
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Hi Everyone,

You all should know that today the Supreme Court issued its ruling
in the same sex marriage case.  I have not yet digested the case
completely but, in sum, the court ruled that "the state is
constitutionally required to extend to same sex couples the
common benefits and protections that flow from marriage under
Vermont law."  The case leaves it to the legislature to determine
whether this ultimately takes the form of inclusion within the
marriage laws themselves or a parallel 'domestic partnership'
system or some equivalent statutory alternative.

The court suspended its judgment to allow the legislature to
consider and enact legislation consistent with the decision.  This
means that until the legislature acts the existing marriage law
remains in full force and effect.

Feel free to call if you have  questions.  (828-2148)

Deb Markowitz

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