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Gay Marriage Legal In Vermont

April 7, 2009

This is a major development, and incredible news.   For those who cringe when courts such as Iowa correctly apply the law regarding marriage, well look at Vermont.   WOW!!  Hats off to the gutsy fair-minded, educated folks of Vermont!  New England is the place that this fight is being waged with intensity.  So my question is why are the legislators in New England more able to see the gay marriage issue with clarity, and the voters more capable of throwing off the old worn arguments as to why it would be ‘wrong’?  Perhaps the folks in New England, as I am continually told here in our home, are of a better more stout variety, and have the fortitude to stand up and do what is right.   I think this may be true.

Vermont lawmakers on Tuesday overrode a veto from the governor in passing a bill that would allow same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the state to become the fourth in the nation where gay marriage is legal.

The Vermont House of Representatives passed the bill by a 100-49 vote after it cleared the state Senate 23-5 earlier in the day. In Vermont, a bill needs two-thirds support in each chamber to override a veto.

Vermont’s vote comes just four days after Iowa’s Supreme Court struck down a decade-old law that barred gays from marrying to make that state the first in the U.S. heartland to allow same-sex marriages.

Vermont’s gay marriage legislation looked in peril after a vote Thursday in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives that failed to garner enough support clear a veto threat from Republican Governor Jim Douglas.

California briefly recognized gay marriage until voters banned it in a referendum last year.

Vermont, which became the first state in the country to allow full civil unions for same-sex couples in 2000, joins New England neighbors Connecticut and Massachusetts in allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

Lawmakers in New Hampshire and Maine are also considering bills to allow gay marriage, putting New England at the heart of a divisive national debate over the issue.

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