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Paul R. Prentice of Adamstown, Frederick Co., Maryland

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Paul R. Prentice of Adamstown, Frederick Co., Maryland
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Spring 2010 and Revised 14 Mar 2010

A Homosexual "Civil Union"

1. Paul R. Prentice was b. 18 Aug 1927 in Ecuador. In 2003, at the age of 76, he resided at 5610 Mountville Rd., Adamstown, Frederick Co, MD. He was the son of Emmanuel and Edna Prentice. It is unclear whether Emmanuel Prentice is the same person as the Emanuel Prentice shown in the SSDI as b. 28 May 1892, obtained his SS# in the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico, and d. Jun 1972 in Toccoa, Stephens Co., GA.

He purported to enter into a homosexual "Civil Union" with Joseph E. Bartl, age 52, on 3 Sep 2003 in St. Albans,Franklin Co., VT. Formal "marriages" were formally authorized by VT laws on 7 Apr 2009. He was b. 14 Nov 1951, NY, and was the son of Catherine and Everett Bartl (EverettBartl was b. 3 Dec 1917, obtained his SS# in NY, and d. Sep 1974 at an unspecified location per SSDI). Ref: Vermont Marriage Records .

The following information comes from Wikipedia.org

    Civil unions: On December 20, 1999 the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in Baker v. Vermont that same-sex couples are “entitled under Chapter I, Article 7, of the Vermont Constitution to obtain the same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples”. The Court did not rule on whether Vermont was required to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but suggested that the legislature could enact a parallel licensing scheme affording the same substantial benefits as marriage to same-sex couples.

    After very contentious debate, the legislature followed the Court’s suggestion and passed H.B. 847, which was signed on April 26, 2000 by Governor Howard Dean. The law went into effect on July 1, 2000. . . .

    Civil unions are generally not recognized outside of the state of Vermont in the absence of specific legislation. . .

    On February 9, 2007, bill H275 was introduced to allow marriage for same sex couples and on July 25, 2007. [It was passed by the Legislature but vetoed by the Governor.]

    On April 7, 2009, the veto was overridden by the Senate 23–5, and by the House 100–49, making it the first time since 1990 that a Vermont governor's veto was overridden. The law went into effect on September 1, 2009

It is unclear whether"civil unions" entered into in VT prior to 2009 automatically became "marriages" after 1 Sep 2009 or retained the status of "civil unions." It seems likely that further litigation will ensue to answer that question.

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