Vermont was the first state to implement the separate but unequal civil unions back in 2000. At the time, that was a big deal for same-sex couples but with marriage equality coming to other states (Massachusetts and Connecticut) and countries (Canada, Spain, Netherlands and more) since then, civil unions are looking more and more unequal.
This is a good time to mention GLAD's New England Marriage Campaign. These wonderful folks who brought same-sex marriage to Massachusetts and Connecticut have the goal of bringing it to every state in New England by 2012. With bills in the pipeline in Vermont and Maine, and with same-sex marriage recognized by the state of Rhode Island, the region is already moving forward with this goal.
It's an exciting time to be a New Englander.
Favorite photo of today from the great husband-wife photographers at Grazier Photography (can't wait to work with them in May):
We are hoping fireworks magically appear over the harbor on our July 3 wedding...but at the very least, we'll have sparklers.
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