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The State of Marriage Film Screening and Discussion

February 23, 2016
6:30 pm
- 9:00 pm

Pavilion Auditorium
Image of woman holding Let Love Win sign

The State of Marriage is the untold story of how legal pioneer Mary Bonauto partnered with Vermont lawyers Beth Robinson and Susan Murray in a two-decade long struggle that built the foundation for the entire marriage equality movement. Despite fierce opposition, Vermont became the first state to grant same sex couples legal recognition through a groundbreaking 1999 State Supreme Court decision and through Civil Unions in 2000, and the first to legalize marriage equality by legislative vote in 2009.

The screening will be followed by a discussion panel including the film’s director Jeff Kaufman, State Representative Bill Lippert, Senator Alice Nitka, marriage equality activist Sherry Corbin, David Moats of The Rutland Herald, and others.

The Vermont Historical Society will host a reception after the event in their museum, located upstairs from the auditorium.

This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative. Hosted by the Vermont Humanities Council.

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Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities is collaborative initiative between seven state humanities councils and WAMC Northeast Public Radio (based in Albany, New York). This 10-to-12 minute radio segment airs as part of WAMC’s popular “eclectic” morning show, The Roundtable, on Fridays (10:35-10:50 am).

Ideas Matter interviewed filmmaker Jeff Kaufman on February 12, 2016, to talk about The State of Marriage.


State of Marriage image courtesy Jeff Kaufman.


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Amy Cunningham
(802) 262-1356


Pavilion Auditorium
109 State St
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
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