Your Rights in Vermont

GLAD won an historic ruling from the Vermont Supreme Court in 1999 recognizing the right for same-sex couples to have their relationships afforded the same legal benefits, protections, and obligations as marriage under Vermont law. This decision in Baker v. State of Vermont led to Vermont's landmark Civil Union law.

LGBT Issues

Anti-Discrimination Law

Vermont’s anti-discrimination law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity. More →

Family Law

Same-sex couples can marry in Vermont. Single gay people can adopt in Vermont; same-sex couples can jointly become the legal parents of a child. More →

Hate Crimes, Sex Laws and Police

Sexual orientation and gender identity are protected characteristics under Vermont’s hate crimes laws. More →

Students' Rights

Vermont law forbids discrimination in public schools on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. More →


HIV Anti-Discrimination Law

Vermont has enacted anti-discrimination laws protecting people with HIV from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. More →

HIV Testing and Privacy

Vermont does not have a statute mandating specific informed consent for an HIV test or release of HIV-related medical information, but there are general laws that provide some protections. More →

Other HIV-Related Laws

Vermont law permits community-based needle exchange programs. More →

GLAD’s Work in Vermont

From the Docket


Pedersen et al. v. Office of Personnel Management et al.
Pedersen et al. v. Office of Personnel Management et al.

June 26, 2013 U.S. Supreme Court rules DOMA Section 3 unconstitutional in Windsor v. United StatesMore →

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Legislative Advocacy

April 5, 2016

Ending Conversion Therapy in Vermont

On May 25, 2015, Governor Shumlin signed a bill making Vermont a safer and more welcoming place for… More →

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July 30, 2015

Who Should Pay for SSA’s Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples?

In class action lawsuit, GLAD and Justice in Aging say it should be SSA 

Anti-LGBT discrimination hurts everyone in our community. But the impact… More →

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