Published: Monday, Apr. 25th, 2022
Beginning July 1st, couples marrying in Vermont will be able to apply for a marriage license anywhere in the state regardless of where they live.
Lawmakers in Vermont passed House Bill 680 last week, changing the law that required couples to purchase a marriage license from a clerk in their county of residence.
The relevant section of the state code will now read:
§ 5131 Issuance of Civil Marriage License; Solemnization; Return of Civil Marriage Certificate; Registration
(3) The license shall be issued by any town clerk in the State.
House Bill 680 (H.680) also updated gendered language in other subsections of the state’s marriage laws, replacing ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ with gender-neutral words such as ‘spouse’ and ‘party,’ to recognize same-sex partners and other LGBTQ+ marriages.
The bill was approved by the Governor on April 20th, and will go into effect July 1, 2022.
To read more about this and other marriage laws in the state, visit Vermont Marriage Laws.
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