VT Gov. Presides Over Same-Sex Marriage


Vermont governor Peter Schumlin said that if elected to office he would preside over the marriage of two women he met on the campaign trail, and in a short civil ceremony this week he made good on his word, marrying Ann Beck, 55, and Michele Beck, 56, in what is thought to be a first for a sitting U.S. governor.

From the AP:

Making good on one of his lesser-known campaign promises, Governor Peter Shumlin presided over a same-sex wedding yesterday, as a lesbian couple he had met while running for governor last year were married.

In a short ceremony in his office, the first-term Democrat read a poem and pronounced Ann and Michele “Mitch” Beck married. It was a first for a sitting US governor.

“I had to pull big strings to make this happen,” he said at one point in the ceremony. “This isn’t in my job description.”


He met the two at a meet-and-greet that was organized by one of his campaign supporters and offered to marry them if he got elected.

The LA Times reports that Shumlin came to know the pair after they approached him at a campaign event to thank him for his work in the state Legislature where he helped legalize same-sex marriage in 2009.

At the time he asked if they were married and they said no. He fired back:  ’Well you wait, when I’m governor, you come to my office and I’ll marry you.’ ” And they vowed to hold him to that promise.  Schumlin became governor in January.

Though becoming governor didn’t give Schumlin the automatic authority to wed the couple, the governor spent $100 of his own  money to obtain a certificate to become a “temporary officiate.”

About a dozen family members and friends attended the service. Schumlin said he had never performed a wedding before  and that he did the best he could. Ann Beck is quoted as saying the service was “wonderful,” adding, “We’re so honored to have the governor do this for us.”

Congratulations to the happy couple, and kudos to Governor Schumlin for making good on his word.

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Maine Next Hope for Gay Marriage?

Judge Rules Wis. Partnerships Do Not Violate State’s Gay Marriage Ban

Image Copyright Sam Mugraby (Photos8.com).


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Ann G.
Ann G6 years ago

That's not only funny, progressive, and good leadership, but also just a humanly nice thing to do. It truly is stories like these that make me think there's a future other than the one Republicans are trying to force on us.

Roxane Connor
Roxane Connor6 years ago

Why can't more politicians be like that?

Gary Stewart
Gary Stewart6 years ago

Now there is a politician I'd vote for! One who believes in equality.

Laura L.
Laura L6 years ago

This is wonderful. Congratulations to the couple! :-)

That's what politicians should be like. I want some one like him in my state.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams6 years ago

Way to go Governor Peter Schumlin!!!

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Britin J.
Past Member 6 years ago

Very cool! Glad to see a politician actually follow through with a campaign promise! Congrats to the couple and Vermont for having such a progressive governor!

No matter the make up of a couple if they want to make a commitment to each other they should have the right, the responsibility and the benefits that everyone else enjoys, treating them differently sets them apart from others and THAT is not equality!

REPEAL DOMA!!! Equal Rights for EVERYONE!

janet T.
janet t6 years ago

congratulations to the happy couple. It is about time that the US entered the 21st century and allowed Marriage for all people all over the country. Some people being 'less than' is not good enough for our country.