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Achieving consensus in a democratic society often involves bitter conflict and debate. This film shows three times in Vermont's history when contentious issues were debated in the Vermont State House. VHS filmed in the restored 19th century Vermont State House recreating the debates about the abolition of slavery, woman's suffrage, and Civil Unions. Using video shot by Vermont Public Television in January 2000 during the public testimony over Civil Unions at the State House, we were able to show the various opinions about this still controversial issue.