Originally posted by Thorfinn Skullsplitter
The last thing we want to do is desecrate the value of a marriage between a man and a woman. We all know how helpful it is to society and how often it
"works out" for the couple. Why taint the sanctity of marriage by allowing gay people marrying eachother out of love...
OK Mr. Sarcasm............what is wrong with this:
What are the legal consequences of a civil union?
Parties to a civil union are given all the same benefits, protections and responsibilities under Vermont law, whether they derive from statute,
administrative or court rule, policy, common law or any other source of civil law, as are granted to spouses in a marriage. These include:
Parties to a civil union shall be responsible for the support of one another to the same degree and in the same manner as prescribed under law for
The law of domestic relations, including annulment, separation and divorce, child custody and support, and property division and maintenance shall
apply to parties to a civil union.
The rights of parties to a civil union, with respect to a child of whom either becomes the natural parent during the term of the civil union, shall be
the same as those of a married couple, with respect to a child of whom either spouse becomes the natural parent during the marriage.
The following is a nonexclusive list of legal benefits, protections and responsibilities of spouses, which shall apply in like manner to parties to a
laws relating to title, tenure, descent and distribution, intestate succession, waiver of will, survivorship, or other incidents of the acquisition,
ownership, or transfer, inter vivos or at death, of real or personal property, including eligibility to hold real and personal property as tenants by
the entirety (parties to a civil union meet the common law unity of person qualification for purposes of a tenancy by the entirety);
causes of action related to or dependent upon spousal status, including an action for wrongful death, emotional distress, loss of consortium,
dramshop, or other torts or actions under contracts reciting, related to, or dependent upon spousal status;
probate law and procedure, including nonprobate transfer;
adoption law and procedure;
group insurance for state employees under 3 V.S.A. § 631, and continuing care contracts under 8 V.S.A. § 8005;
spouse abuse programs under 3 V.S.A. § 18;
prohibitions against discrimination based upon marital status;
victim's compensation rights under 13 V.S.A. § 5351;
workers' compensation benefits;
laws relating to emergency and non-emergency medical care and treatment, hospital visitation and notification, including the Patient's Bill of Rights
under 18 V.S.A. chapter 42 and the Nursing Home Residents' Bill of Rights under 33 V.S.A. chapter 73;
terminal care documents under 18 V.S.A. chapter 111, and durable power of attorney for health care execution and revocation under 14 V.S.A. chapter
family leave benefits under 21 V.S.A. chapter 5, subchapter 4A;
public assistance benefits under state law;
laws relating to taxes imposed by the state or a municipality other than estate taxes;
laws relating to immunity from compelled testimony and the marital communication privilege;
the homestead rights of a surviving spouse under 27 V.S.A. § 105 and homestead property tax allowance under 32 V.S.A. § 6062;
laws relating to loans to veterans under 8 V.S.A. § 1849;
the definition of family farmer under 10 V.S.A. § 272;
laws relating to the making, revoking and objecting to anatomical gifts by others under 18 V.S.A. § 5240;
state pay for military service under 20 V.S.A. § 1544;
application for absentee ballot under 17 V.S.A. § 2532;
family landowner rights to fish and hunt under 10 V.S.A. § 4253;
legal requirements for assignment of wages under 8 V.S.A. § 2235; and
affirmance of relationship under 15 V.S.A. § 7.
See 18 V.S.A. § 1204
Note that a party to a civil union is included, by law, in any definition or use of the terms "spouse," " family," "immediate family,"
"dependent," "next of kin," and other terms that denote the spousal relationship, as those terms are used throughout Vermont law.
Now....if that don't make 'em happy.........screw them!!