Vermont House Passes Gay Marriage Bill – Governor Promises Veto

April 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Vermont of Representatives on Thursday advanced a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry. After about five hours of debate, the house voted 95-52 in favor of the bill, which had already cleared the state Senate in a 26-4 vote. The margin was less than the two-thirds majority that would be needed for the 150-member House to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ promised veto.

If they somehow overcome the veto, Vermont would become the third state in the country, after Connecticut and Massachusetts, to allow same-sex couples to marry. California briefly recognized gay marriage until voters banned it in a referendum last year.


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