Gay Weddings Begin in Vermont

Gay marriage became legal in Vermont in April, but the law didn't go into effect until midnight on Monday night, the Associated Press reports. Couples, such as Bill Slimback and Bob Sullivan, raced to the altar. The pair, who have been together for 17 years, married one minute after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. last night in Duxbury. "We've waited a long time to do this—basically our whole lives," Slimback said. But not everyone is rushing to the altar: according to Tim Shea, from the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, "Unlike nine years ago, it doesn't appear so far that there's been immediate demand. Meanwhile, the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's renamed its popular ice cream flavor "Chubby Hubby" to "Hubby Hubby" in honor of the freedom to marry for gay and lesbian couples in Vermont.