More Reflections on Same Sex Marriage from Essex County

Edward and I moved from Boston to Vermont in May of 2004.  That same month, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry.  But Vermont had paved the way for that pioneering decision, by passing its own civil union law, back in 2001.  The battle for civil unions wasn’tContinue reading “More Reflections on Same Sex Marriage from Essex County”

The 14th Amendment, Same-Sex Marriage, and Essex County, Vermont

Friday, June 26, 2015.  The United States Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to a legal marriage anywhere in the nation. This is a memorable, landmark ruling.  The Court took the long overdue step of applying the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and making marriage a fundamental right for sameContinue reading “The 14th Amendment, Same-Sex Marriage, and Essex County, Vermont”

Reconstruction: Nine Things That Should Have Happened After the Civil War

In the aftermath of the Civil War and the defeat of the Confederacy, there was a moment–ever so brief–filled with promise and hope for a future of equality for former slaves.  But the promise of Reconstruction withered, largely due to the failure of the Union leadership to bring the former Confederate states into line. InContinue reading “Reconstruction: Nine Things That Should Have Happened After the Civil War”