Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage

Just. Like. That.

Vt. House and Senate have voted to override the governor's veto of the same-sex marriage bill-- legalizing gay marriage in Vermont.

The Vt. Senate voted to override the governor's veto of the same-sex marriage bill. This morning, the Senate voted 23 to 5 to override that veto. Two senators were absent and Washington County Republican Bill Doyle who had initially supported same sex, this time voted to sustain the veto.

The Vt. House voted around 11 a.m. to override the veto. The vote was 100-49. 100 votes were needed. Rep. Sonny Audette of South Burlington did not vote. It wasn't clear whether he intended to vote to override. Audette opposed gay marriage but also opposed the governor's early announcement of a veto as "interference."

Governor Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, promptly vetoed the bill when it was delivered to his desk last night-- as promised.

That's two states, Iowa being the other, in a week that now have marriage equality.

I figured the backlash against Prop 8 in California could look something like this. Sometimes, it takes an injustice to wake people up.

Maine has a hearing on gay marriage legislation at the end of the month and it looks promising.