Vermont group that pushed for 1st gay marriage law disbands

A gay rights activist dances during gay pride march in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Hundreds of gay and human rights activists at Serbia’s gay pride event have called for solidarity with migrants passing through the Balkan country in search of a new life in Western Europe. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – The Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, which in 2009 pushed for and won passage of the country’s first same-sex marriage law not directly forced by a court, say its work is done and it’s disbanding.

The task force was formed in 1996 by Beth Robinson, now a Vermont Supreme Court justice, and Susan Murray, with hopes of achieving civil marriage equality in Vermont.

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that same-sex couples can get married anywhere in the country, the group says its mission is complete.

Sheryl Rapée-Adams, chairwoman of the task force, said Thursday that Vermont’s leadership role in the marriage-equality movement was an example of what people can accomplish when they “join together with determination and perseverance to gain civil rights.”

Earlier in December the New York State Pride Agenda announced that they were also disbanding.

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