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Thank you, this summary will be very useful.  Amy Douglas
Cummings, Patrick wrote:
>
> *For all Town Clerks who issue marriage licenses, please read 
> carefully. *
>
> There were a number of calls yesterday to the Vermont Department of 
> Health, Secretary of State's Office, and Legislative Council with 
> questions regarding the* issuance of a civil marriage license prior to 
> September 1st.* This announcement is to clarify the procedures and 
> responsibilities for issuance of any marriage licenses between now and 
> September 1st.* Please share this information with your staff 
> responsible for issuing marriage licenses.*
>
> _FOR MARRIAGES THAT WILL OCCUR* PRIOR TO SEPTEMBER 1st*_
> 1) For opposite sex couples who plan to marry_ before September 1st_, 
> provide the/ current// Application for Vermont License of Marriage/.
>
> 2) Upon receipt of the completed application, the/ Vermont License and 
> Certificate of Marriage/ (DH-PHS-OCT-99) must be completed to show 
> that the license is valid only* until August 31st, 2009*. This can be 
> done by completing item 16d. in the Certification section to read as: 
> "This license is valid from_ [current date]_ to_ August 31, 2009._ "
>
> 3) Note:  same sex couples_ cannot_ be issued a marriage license for a 
> marriage that will occur_ prior_ to September 1st, 2009.
>
> _FOR MARRIAGES THAT WILL OCCUR__* ON or AFTER SEPTEMBER 1st*_
> All Vermont marriages that occur on or after September 1st, 2009 fall 
> under the new civil marriage law which pertains to same sex_ and_ 
> opposite sex couples as many of the existing marriage statutes were 
> amended, some were repealed, and new forms (a civil marriage 
> application and a civil marriage license) were created.
>
> *We have consulted with the Attorney General's Office and have revised 
> guidance for processing the civil marriage applications and issuing 
> the civil marriage licenses to**_ all_ couples.*
>
> 1)_* Any*_ applicants planning to marry_ on or after September 1st, 
> 2009_ may obtain an/ Application for Vermont License of Civil 
> Marriage/ (DH-PHS-MARAPP-2009) during your normal business hours.
>
> 2) For both same-sex and opposite-sex applicants, a/ Vermont License 
> and Certificate of Civil Marriage/ (DH-PHS-MARLIC-2009) can be issued 
> after the applicants have completed the application form. Even though 
> the civil marriage law does not go into effect until September 1st, 
> 2009,_ the license can be issued and signed prior to September 1st_. 
> (But, the license will not be valid until September 1st. See item #3)
>
> 3) The civil marriage license must be completed to show that the 
> license is valid* starting September 1st.* This can be done by 
> completing Box #17d in the Certification section, to read as, "This 
> license is valid from_ September 1, 2009_ to _______."  (*NOTE*:  The 
> last day for validity would be calculated based on 60 days from 
> issuance of the license.)
>
> Signature and date by the town clerk of the license prior to September 
> 1st, 2009, is not a legal concern since the license would state that 
> it is only valid starting September 1st.* However, please be sure that 
> you have written in the September 1, 2009 date.*
>
> If you have additional questions, please contact Linda Merchant, 
> Supervisor of Vital Records Registration, at 863-7275 or 
> 1-800-439-5008 and we'll continue to obtain new guidance from the AG's 
> Office, as needed.
>
> Thanks.
> Richard H. McCoy
> Public Health Statistics Chief
> Vermont Department of Health
> 108 Cherry St., PO Box 70
> Burlington, VT 05402-0070
> Phone: (802) 651-1862
> Fax: (802) 865-7701
>
>
>
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