Vermont Freedom to Marry Records

This collection contains the records of Vermont Freedom to Marry (VFM), a non-profit volunteer organization that successfully led efforts to secure same-gendered couples the freedom to marry in Vermont.

Founded in 1995 by Middlebury lawyers Susan Murray and Beth Robinson, the organization fostered grass roots support for legal equality of same-gender relationships. In 1997, Murray, Robinson, and Mary Bonauto (an attorney with the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, or GLAD) sued the State of Vermont on behalf of three same-gender couples. In 1999, the Vermont Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking ruling in the case of Baker v. State granting same-gender couples the same benefits and privileges enjoyed by all married couples under Vermont law. 

In 2000, Governor Howard Dean signed into law legislation allowing same-gender couples to form civil unions. Around 2007, VFM began to actively work for full marriage equality in Vermont. In 2009, The Marriage Equality Act was passed, legalizing same-gender marriage in Vermont.

VFM continued to promote marriage equality nationally and internationally until 2015, when the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-gender couples. Shortly after, VFM dissolved its operations and donated their historical records to Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives.

Vermont Freedom to Marry Web Archive

The Middlebury College Web Archive collects and makes available a variety of Web-based archival materials, including those from Vermont Freedom to Marry; in addition, many of the web affiliated with VFM are available through the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.

Vermont Freedom to Marry Logo

vtfreetomarry.org

Vermont Freedom to Marry's website, previously hosted at vtfreetomarry.org, was a cornerstone of the organization's online presence for many years.  Though the live site was taken down in January 2016, archival versions are available via:

Vermont Freedom to Marry Logo for Twitter

@vtfreetomarry on Twitter

Vermont Freedom to Marry's feed on Twitter has been archived both by Middlebury College and the Internet Archive.

Vermont Freedom to Marry Logo for Facebook

VTFreeToMarry on Facebook

Vermont Freedom to Marry's Facebook contains a wealth of social activity and news links from across the account's active years, 2009-2016.  Although Facebook activity is often ephemeral, we are happy to be able to provide continued archival access to Vermont Freedom to Marry's profile via the Middlebury College Web Archive.