I start this with great hesitation, not out of fear nor shame, but simply out of a desire to not offend anyone. This is a topic that is honestly not about houses, not about selling you anything, not about educating you on home ownership; none of that. Instead, this topic fits very nicely with the values of Vermont Modular Homes.
On April 26, 2000, legislation on civil unions passed in the house in Vermont. It became effective officially on July 1, 2000. (source: state.vt.us) At the time, it was a very unpopular decision, with a lot of unknowns.
``It makes me uncomfortable, the same as anyone else,'' former Governor Dean said when the decision was handed down, but he added that he would support a civil unions bill if the legislature could pass one.
There was a lot of negativity around this, and it went so far as to make the former governor uncomfortable publicly endorse and embrace this law. On April 26, 2000, Dean signed the civil unions bill into law behind closed doors.
This was the beginning of a very long process, where people would question values, traditions, and morals. It caused a great rift in Vermont, and honestly for a while it looked like the step out onto the ledge would end in a quick drop off the edge. In the end, the result was a successful law passed, paving the way for civil unions in Vermont. This pushed other states to evaluate their laws, and some other states followed suit with Vermont adopting their own civil union laws. From that day until Friday, June 26, 2015, the push for equality has been an uphill battle, which ended with the President providing the following:
"This ruling is a victory for America. This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free"
The entire address can be seen here on YouTube.
So what does any of this have to do with Vermont Modular Homes? I'm really glad you asked! Vermont Modular Homes believes in equality, in all forms, and supports any measure to bring about equality without violating the rights of the people. Vermont Modular Homes does not see sexuality, religion, race, or lifestyle choices as a reason for a human being to be treated differently. This monumental recognition has brought the country closer to equality for humans, not just same sex people looking to get married.
Vermont Modular Homes, specifically myself and Dave, strongly believe in equal rights for human beings. Forward progress, however slow it may be, is still forward progress. The rights of human beings are prevailing, and we are nothing but happy and proud to be part of a country where freedom, love, and equality prevail. There is no room for hate, greed, selfishness, or bigotry in business; why should the country be any different?
That is the belief we hold here, and will continue to hold. Remember: The world didn't end with civil unions, it surely won't with marriage equality. Nobody is going to marry a horse, nor does this impact heterosexual (or traditional if you wish) marriage at all. The only impact this has is the ability for two people in love to have the freedom and right to the benefits provided under marriage. While it may offend some, this too will pass. Remember, forward progress...