Civil Unions & Reciprocal Beneficiary Relationships

Civil Unions provide eligible same-sex couples the opportunity to obtain the same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples. However the marriage equality law, effective September 1, 2009, discontinued the need for the separate status of “civil unions” in Vermont. Civil unions entered into prior to September 1, 2009 will continue to be recognized as civil unions. Couples currently in a civil union who want to be married will need to go through the new marriage process. For more information, please click on "Getting Married in Vermont..." below.

Eligible blood-relatives and relatives related by adoption also have the opportunity to establish a reciprocal beneficiaries relationship, in order to receive certain benefits and protections - and be subject to certain responsibilities - that are granted to spouses in a marriage or a civil union.

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