Vt. House approves same-sex health bill

The Vermont House has voted to require out-of-state companies that offer health coverage to the spouses of opposite-sex married couples to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples. Activists said the measure would go a long way toward extending the rights of gay and lesbian couples in Vermont. Vermont Public Radio reported that state Representative William J. Lippert, Democrat of Hinesburg, pointed out Friday that the vote would coincide with the 13th anniversary of the House’s first vote advancing the civil unions bill. Vermont legalized gay marriage in 2009.