On July 30th, a packet of "new forms pertaining to civil marriage" was mailed to you from Linda Merchant, Supervisor of Vital Records Registration at the Vermont Department of Health. Included in that packet was a single copy of the updated, two-sided handout called: "Getting Married in Vermont Questions and Answers to Help You Plan Your Vermont Wedding". Note, it has a date of September 1, 2009 at the bottom right.
Unfortunately, we missed a couple of statements that are no longer relevant. In the paragraph labeled Are there any other marriage restrictions?, the following sentences should have been deleted because V.S.A. Title 15 § 6, Marriage void in state of residence, was repealed as part of the civil marriage legislation:
"First cousins, who are Vermont residents, or residents of another state where marriage between first cousins is allowed, may marry each other in Vermont. You cannot marry in Vermont to evade the laws of the state where you live.".
Attached please find the corrected version of the handout, which applies to all marriages that will occur on or after September 1st. Please print a copy and photocopy as needed, or contact the Vital Records Office for additional copies.
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PLEASE DISCARD ANY COPIES OF THE PREVIOUS VERSION STILL IN YOUR OFFICE.
We have also corrected the form posted on our website: http://healthvermont.gov/research/records/obtain_record.aspx
We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your attention to this matter.
Vital Statistics Information Manager
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street - P.O. Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402-0070