Gay marriage supporters in Vermont praise N.J. commission report

Posted on 18 Dec 2008 at 6:54pm
By Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Supporters of legislation in Vermont to allow same-sex marriage are praising the findings of a New Jersey commission that studied the issue.

The New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission looked at that state’s civil union law — which is very similar to Vermont’s — and found it comes up short of offering equality to same-sex couples. The panel recommended that the state pass a law allowing same-sex marriage.

Beth Robinson of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force says the problems the New Jersey panel found with that state’s civil union law mirror her group’s concerns about Vermont’s law.

Her group wants the Vermont Legislature to pass a bill allowing full marriage for same-sex couples this coming session.

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