June is Pride Month. While talking to a friend this week, I realized that I did my first same-sex wedding 20 years ago! Back in 2000, when Civil Unions became legal in Vermont, it was truly a victory and I was so honored to design wedding flowers for couples who’d waited so long to get married. #loveislove
9 years later, Vermont became the first state to obtain marriage rights for same-sex couples through a legislative process rather than a court case. After nearly 15 years of relentless work, Vermont Freedom to Marry succeeded in reaching its goal of marriage equality. The implementation date of the “Marriage Act” was September 1, 2009. (source)
Finally, fifteen years after civil unions became legal in VT, on June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to prevent same-sex couples from marrying, and so now every state must allow same-sex couples to marry and must respect the marriages of same-sex couples, regardless of where the couple gets married.
The Process of Getting Married in Vermont
- An eligible couple (18 years or older) must submit an application for a license in the Vermont town/city where one of the parties lives. Out-of-state couples can go to any town/city clerk. The couple must pay the applicable fee and will receive a marriage license from the clerk.
- The couple must have the marriage solemnized (i.e., have a ceremony) within 60 days of filing the application.
- Once the ceremony has been performed, the person who performed it (i.e., your officiant) has 10 days to send the license back to the city/town where it was issued.
- The city/town clerk will then file the original and the couple can receive an official certificate of their marriage.
Anyone can get married in Vermont! You’ll find more details on How To Get Married In Vermont here!
For more about LGBTQ+ Pride Month and for educational resources click here.