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Vermont House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Jim Burroway

April 2nd, 2009

Vermont’s House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to a bill giving same-sex couples the right to marry. The House vote was 95-52. The bill will be brought up again Friday for final approval, then return to the Senate for approval to changes in the language.

Last week, the Senate approved a similar bill by a veto-proof majority of 26-4. Two day later, Vt. Governor Jim Douglas (R) announced that he would veto the measure should it reach the desk. Tonight’s vote was three votes shy of a veto-proof majority of the members present.

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staci
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

It would be a shame if this is lost because of only needing three more votes to avoid a veto!!!! I hope the Gov changes his mind.

occono
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

A number of representives who voted against said they would vote for the Veto, as Jim Douglas did a big no-no in saying he would veto it before it passed.

Timothy (TRiG)
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Vermont’s House of Representatives gay preliminary approval to a bill giving same-sex couples the right to marry.

Typo or Freudian slip?

TRiG.

Jim Burroway
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

More like an overly-aggressive spell checker.

Trevor
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Frankly I’d almost prefer a Republican bigot to veto the bill. Assuming said veto would generate sympathy within the state house for seeking a veto-proof majority vote. That would be a far better position for gays to make their case that same-sex marriage IS the ‘will of the People’. At least in Vermont.

Paul J Stein
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

My spouse and I are not even bothering with the USA. We decided to go to Canada. Since OHIO, our home state won’t recognize it anyway. When the FEDERAL laws get it together then it will make a difference. Until then we are doing it legally with IRONCLAD documents covering all our asses 3 different ways,us and the kids.

AJD
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

Paul: I don’t blame you at all.

You know that the religious right will swoop in to Vermont and Iowa with their marriage amendments.

I don’t think this country will be on the level of Canada in this regard for at least 20 years.

SharonB
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

What a shame that trogs like Douglas want to be on the wrong side of history, like Bull Connor, et al.

Not exactly leaving a name and legacy of honor.

occono
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

AJD, they can’t “swoop in” in Iowa till 2012 (though admittedly even by then they still might not relax, but it’s not happening anytime soon) and Vermont definitely is not going to have an Amendment, it’s much more Liberal then California as a whole (A Republican is Governor because the Liberal vote gets split three ways)

AJD
April 3rd, 2009 | LINK

occono: Yeah, you’re right. I guess I’m still a bit of a Debbie Downer after the whole California debacle.

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