The matter proved a massive election-year boon to Republicans.

The matter proved a massive election-year boon to Republicans.

Developments in Vermont resonated nationwide.

All 10 prospects when it comes to Republican nomination that is presidential 2000 denounced civil unions. One of these, Gary Bauer, called the Vermont decision “in some means even worse than terrorism.”

Massachusetts. Activists in Massachusetts, influenced by Vermont, filed their very own lawsuit in 2001 demanding marriage equality. In 2003, the Supreme Judicial Court vindicated their claim in Goodridge v. Department of Public wellness, while rejecting civil unions as “second-class citizenship.” Massachusetts hence became the initial American state—and only the fifth jurisdiction in the world—to recognize same-sex wedding.