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Vermont Legislature Approves Civil Union Bill

Vermont’s House members passed the civil union bill, 79-68, on Tuesday and Gov. Howard Dean plans to sign the bill into law quickly, making Vermont the first state to give civil recognition to gay and lesbian couples.

Once this landmark legislation is signed into law, lesbians and gay men will be granted the most comprehensive system of domestic partner benefits in the nation, qualifying them for the some 300 rights and benefits available to married couples in the state.

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The Associated Press - 26 April, 2000

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