Panel on marriage opens hearings to overwhelming support for the freedom to marry

Rutland Herald
October 11, 2007
More than 75 people were in the auditorium at Johnson State College and a vast majority of them were in support of extending marriage to gay and lesbian couples. Only two people spoke out against marriage equality. Many speakers gave emotional testimony about falling in love with their partners for the first time and the emotional agony they experience because their unions — which Vermont legalized in 2000 — are not recognized by the federal government, most other states and many institutions and businesses. [link]