The State Of Marriage profiles the remarkable men and women who pioneered the national marriage equality movement through their groundbreaking efforts in Vermont. It was a 2-decade struggle against great odds that “changed American history” (Human Rights Campaign national field director Marty Rouse).
The State Of Marriage was made possible by the generosity of many wonderful foundations, organizations and individuals.
Vermont was the first state to grant legal recognition to same sex couples and it continued its pioneering ways by becoming the first state to make same sex marriage legal not from a court ruling, but because the legislature moved proactively to make it a new law.Rachel Maddow, MSNBC anchor
What’s unique about the Vermont story is having people like Beth Robinson, Susan Murray, and Mary Bonauto creating this historic conversation. You have the gay and lesbian community playing politics, hardball electoral politics, for the first time ever. And then, you have the personal stories, people coming together, winning over hearts and minds, neighbor to neighbor. They really changed the course of American history.Marty Rouse, Human Rights Campaign National Field Director
We started this because we believed that same sex couples are entitled to full citizenship and the legal right to marry. We weren’t going to stop until that was doneBeth Robinson, co-counsel in the Baker vs. Vermont lawsuit
Vermont became ground zero in the battle over gay people's freedom to marry and over the place of gay people in American life and law.Evan Wolfson, Founder / President of Freedom to Marry
Beth Robinson and Susan Murray changed the course of history.Mary Bonauto, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders