The first same-sex marriages for Vermont are set to begin tomorrow (just after midnight tonight), Tuesday September 1st. Congratulations Vermonters!!
There isn't expected to be a large rush of marriages in the first days, like there were when Vermont became the first state to offer civil unions in 2000. The 5 month waiting period between the law passing and licenses being offered, as well as fact that Tuesday is a weekday and past the big Vermont "summer wedding season."
There are some fun celebrations being planned for Vermont. According to 365.com:
The 30-member Vermont Gay Tourism Association, meanwhile, plans a "Small State, Big Heart" marriage equality wedding reception and dance party Tuesday night at The Essex resort in Essex, offering hors d'oeuvres, wedding cake and DJ dancing for $34 per person.
Meanwhile, Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream is marking the occasion in typically sweet fashion. They're renaming their "Chubby Hubby" flavor "Hubby Hubby" for the month.
Not surprisingly, Westboro is crashing the wedding party. They're like that drunk, creepy uncle that you know will show up even though he wasn't invited...
According to Joe.My.God.:
Westboro Baptist Church will also be in Vermont tomorrow, starting their day with a 7:30am protest at Montpelier High School. Vermont Freedom To Marry requests that anybody thinking about counter-protesting stay away from the high school portion of Westboro's agenda, as "adding large numbers of demonstrators to this area could create safety problems for the students, demonstrators, other pedestrians, and vehicular traffic."
Join the Facebook support group created by the students at Montpelier High.
Despite the Phelps Clan crawling out from under a rock, it should be an exciting day in Vermont. My husband and I got our civil union in Vermont (back when it was the only legal option and before our California wedding) and were amazed by the beauty of Vermont and its people.
So grab something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue! Congratulations to all the happy couples!