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Vermont governor presides over lesbians’ marriage

Published: Wed, August 17, 2011 @ 3:03 p.m.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Making good on a campaign promise, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin married a lesbian couple in a small ceremony in his office.

The first-term Democrat presided over the marriage Wednesday of 55-year-old Michele “Mitch” Beck and 56-year-old Ann Beck, of Royalton. Shumlin led the push to legalize same-sex weddings in Vermont as a state lawmaker in 2009.

Shumlin met the couple at a campaign event when he was running for governor last summer and told them he’d be happy to perform their wedding ceremony if he were elected.

He paid $100 to the Secretary of State’s office to be certified as a “temporary officiant,” donned a crisp navy suit and did the honors.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

A pompous ceremony does not legitimize anything .

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2pacer(68 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Vermont is going by way of California.

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3LittleMo(10 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

I have no ill will against gays and lesbians. I think they should have the same rights as a survivor in the event of the death of a partner, the rigiht to make medical decisions, and so on. However, I cannot, even with a good heart, agree with the idea of gay "marriage." I look at it this way - take the chair from any business office and sit it next to a loung chair. Both are "chairs." Both take the load off of your feet. Both let you sit down. Both hold your weight. Both support your back. BUT they are not the same and never will be the same just as gay partnerships and heterosexual partnerships will never be the same. The idea of civil unions with "spousal" benefits was the right idea.

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4franc004(71 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Mo, I agree. Separate the two--make marriage a religious ceremony and civil unions the legal framework for ALL couples and give these unions the tax status and other benefits now reserved for marriage. That way if some churches want to "marry" gay couples, fine-- if not, that's fine too. You can acknowledge that the "chairs" are not the same, so long as you don't give one legal rights without giving them to the other.

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5Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years, 11 months ago

Rome didnt fall because of a outside threat it rotted from the inside due to the decline of morals

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