Letter: Settled law on the ballot

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To the Editor:

In 2009, six years before the Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land, Vermont's legislature became the first in the country to pass a marriage equality bill. Vermont's Republican governor vetoed it, but the House mustered a two-thirds vote to override his veto. The following year, surrounded by our friends and families, my husband and I got married in Arlington. It was the happiest day of our lives.

If it had been up to state Rep. Cynthia Browning, however, we would not have had that day. She was one of a small number of Democrats in the legislature who voted against both the marriage equality bill and the veto override.

Today, despite being "settled law" nationwide, marriage equality is one of several rights looking increasingly vulnerable given the rightward tilt of the Supreme Court. In fact, gay couples' right to marry could be back before state legislatures in the years to come. So, yes, fairness and equality are very much on the ballot this election — and every election — in the Northshire and elsewhere. I hope my fellow Vermont voters take that to heart and cast votes for candidates at all levels of government and in every district who will stand up unwaveringly for equality, every chance they get.

Anthony Surratt

Manchester Center



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