Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Vermont Braces for Backlash

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Vermont Braces for Backlash

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The far right launches a campaign to repeal the civil unions law by threatening to unseat pro-gay legislators in November

While Vermont's civil unions law kicks in this July, politicians and activists across the country may be paying more attention to what happens in November. All seats in both the state senate and house of representatives are up for grabs, as is the governor's mansion. Promising a political backlash, opponents of civil unions want to elect a new legislature that will repeal the measure that created them. And they hope the reverberations of the threatened political upheaval will be felt far beyond Vermont's mountainous borders.

"This affects every state in the union," said Bob Garvey of Take It to the People, a Vermont group opposing civil unions. "There is no residency requirement, so one continuing debate is, How portable is this?" Furthermore, he said, similar moves toward recognizing gay and lesbian relationships are brewing in other states. …

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