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CIVIL UNIONS

On July 1, 2000, a new Vermont law went into effect granting same-sex couples in Vermont all the benefits, protections and responsibilities under law as are granted to spouses in a marriage. From July through December 2000, 1,704 civil unions were established in Vermont, with the highest number occurring in July (405).

Civil unions involving out-of-state residents accounted for 78 percent of the total number of civil unions (Table I-2). The states with the largest number of residents who established civil unions are New York, followed by Massachusetts and California. The largest number of Vermont residents who established civil unions resided in Chittenden County (Table I-3).

Almost sixty-nine percent of the civil unions were between female partners, and the most common age range for both male and female partners is 35 to 39 (Table I-4). Civil union partners of both genders tend to be highly educated: 66% completed at least four years of college (Table I-5).

Table I-6 shows the total number of civil unions or marriages, including the current civil union, that each person has been a party to during their lives. For 78 percent of the civil union partners, this was their first union, or marriage.

DISSOLUTIONS

The dissolution of civil unions follows the same procedures, same requirements, rights, and obligations as divorces. There were no dissolutions of civil unions in 2000.

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