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Same-sex couples should be given the same marriageunion rights as heterosexual couples on both the state and Federal levels With ten percent of the population in the United States being homosexuals they should have the same rights at the other ninety percent of the population According to a 2000 national poll three-quarters of the United States population say that it is inevitable that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry LambdaVP Candidates October 2000 An NBC poll taken in 1999 showed that two-thirds of the population believed that same-sex couples would eventually win the freedom to marry LambdaNational Overview May 2000 Between the 1999 poll and the 2000 poll there was an 83 percent increase in those who thought same-sex couples would some day be allowed to marry On December 201999 the Vermont Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples are entitled to the same benefits and protections as wedded heterosexual couples Instead of giving homosexual couples the right to marry the high court left it up to the Legislature to decide whether it would be more beneficial to create a domestic partnership status or the legalization of same-sex marriages in order to ensure gay couples rights Vermont high court said We hold that the state is constitutionally required to extend to same-sex couples the common benefits and protections that flow from marriage under Vermont law Graff Vermont court rules Gay Couples Deserve Benefits December 1999 Some of the benefits that gay couples will now have are access to spouses medical life and disability insurance hospital visitation and other medical decision making privileges spousal support certain right of inheritance and homestead protections Gay organizations said that their decision was the most far-reaching ruling of its kind in the United States Graff Vermont court rules Gay Couples Deserve Benefits December 1999 On April 26 2000 Governor Howard Dean of Vermont signed the first civil union bill in the United States into Vermont law The bill goes
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