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Quick Update from Vermont

It was a great day in Vermont yesterday with the first same sex marriage performed just after midnight!  Here's the story, top of the fold, on the front page of today's Burlington Free Press.  The other news of the day was the visit of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest.  Their first stop was “THE FAG-INFESTED, PERVERT- RUN MONTPELIER HIGH SCHOOL”.  Well, the kids of this great state showed them….with a facebook campaign and word of mouth, they raised $6,250 for GLAD!  For an entertaining take on the WBC visit I suggest you check out the blog Blurt from Seven Days newspaper.  Here's a sample from reporter Lauren Ober:

Everything about the scene was predictable. The signs the four adults Phelpses waved were the same ones they trot out for every soldier's funeral, football game and Catholic church they picket. They read “God Hates You,” “Fags Wed,” “Antichrist Obama” and “Mourn for Your Sins.” I quite liked the sign that read “You Will Eat Your Babies.” Still not sure why I might be inclined to eat my babies, but I truly hope it never comes to that; I'm a vegetarian.

My personal favorite was the sign that read “Bitch Burger” and showed a picture of a hamburger with a baby making up half the bun. When I asked Shirley Phelps-Roper, the multi-childrened daughter of church founder Fred Phelps — Shirls to me — what that meant, she broke into some tirade about people in California eating baby eyeballs. Right, then.


Check out the rest of post complete with plenty of snark, photos and video at Blurt.

Here are some links to additional coverage of this historic day:

Same Sex Marriage Becomes Law Today, VPR

Protesters Meet a Variety of Counter Protesters, Burlington Free Press

Group Counters Protesters, Raises Money for Gay & Lesbian Defense Fund, VPR

 And finally, if you have a hankering for some ice cream please pick up some Ben & Jerry's.  For the month of September they are renaming “Chubby Hubby” in honor of marriage equality.  The new name…”Hubby Hubby”.  


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