Vermont legislators have announced that they'll form a commission to look into whether or not the state should bump up their historic civil unions to full-fledged marriage. Vermont, you'll remember, was the first state to allow civil unions.
Tom Little, a Shelburne attorney and former Vermont state representative, will chair the 10-member commission. Little, who was chair of the House Judicial Committee during the civil union debate, said Wednesday that he is framing the commission's charge as "why we should do this."
"I think people in Vermont are ready to take the next step and offer full marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples," Little said.