Civil Union’s First Draft
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Published in: May-June 2004 issue.

Civil WarsCivil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage
by David Moats
Harcourt.  288 pages, $25.


CIVIL WARS is a chronological account of Vermont’s landmark adoption of a law mandating civil unions in December 1999. As editorial page editor for the Rutland Herald, Moats wrote a series of articles that focused on the 1999 Vermont Supreme Court decision that found the state’s law denying marriage to gays and lesbians to be discriminatory. These articles won him a Pulitzer Prize.

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