Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover

Supporting Vermont

Filed By Juan and Ken Ahonen-Jover | April 22, 2009 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: endorsed candidates, eQualityGiving, LGBT, Markowitz for Governor, Vermont

The election of a pro-equality candidate for Vermont Governor next year provides a unique possibility to replace anti-equality Governor Jim Douglas who vetoed two pieces of equality legislation.

He vetoed the marriage bill, which was overridden. He also vetoed the anti-discrimination bill to add protections for gender identity and expression. This veto was not overridden.

If this anti-discrimination bill could become law, then Vermont would be the first state to offer full legal equality to its LGBT residents. California got that honor last year, but now it does not offer full equality because of the passage of Proposition 8.

Read next what we are doing to ensure that Vermont can offer full equality...

To achieve full equality in Vermont, eQualityGiving is proud to endorse Deb Markowitz for Governor of Vermont. She has been the Vermont Secretary of State for 12 years, and she supports all the Equality Goals. You can read a Letter from her lesbian sister on our site.

A TRIPLE WIN IN THIS RACE

  1. We can defeat Governor Jim Douglas who vetoed not only the marriage equality bill, but also transgender protections (which was not overridden).
  2. We can elect Deb Markowitz as a pro-equality Governor.
  3. With Markowitz as Governor, Vermont would be poised to pass transgender protection and become the first state to provide full equality to the entire LGBTQ population in that state.

You can check all the information about eQualityGiving Endorsed Candidates.


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justin adkins | April 23, 2009 9:05 AM

VT does ban discrimination based on Gender Identity and Expression in the workplace, housing, and public accommodation. This happened in 2007.

http://www.brightlinecompliance.com/training/law-alert-body/20070628-274.html

Justin,

You are correct. Governor Douglas vetoed the anti-discrimination bill in 2006, but it did pass in 2007.

What is missing for Vermont to provide full equality is that if you change gender, birth certificates are marked amended and the prior gender crossed out instead of the preferred method of issuing a new one.

Our score card of equality in each state properly identifies the status in Vermont regarding non-discrimination as well as the issue of birth certificates.
http://www.eQualityGiving.org/States-of-Equality-and-Gay-Rights-Scorecard