Vermont Overrides Governor’s Veto To Legalize Gay Marriage

April 7, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Vermont lawmakers on Tuesday overrode a veto from the governor in passing a bill that would allow same-sex marriage.

Following an easy override vote in the Senate with a vote of 23-5, the House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote,the minimum needed, to rebuff Republican governor Jim Douglas’ veto.

Vermont is now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage, but the first to do so with a legislature’s approval, joining Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gays the right to marry. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.

On Monday as promised, Gov. Douglas issued a veto message saying the bill would not improve the lot of gay and lesbian couples because it still would not provide them rights under federal and other states’ laws.

Six Republicans who voted in favor of same-sex marriage were being intensely lobbied before the override vote, but they did not change their votes.

After the vote, applause broke out which is normally discouraged in the Statehouse, but supporters just couldn’t contain their emotion.

Tuesday’s vote comes nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law.


Comments

2 Responses to “Vermont Overrides Governor’s Veto To Legalize Gay Marriage”

  1. Old Man Dotes on April 7th, 2009 1:34 pm

    It’s good to see that the Vermont Legislature lives in the 21st Century. It’s sad to see that Vermont’s Governor still lives in the 18th Century.

  2. Vince on April 8th, 2009 6:46 pm

    Leave it to Vermont and Iowa to be the most progressive states in the nation, shame on us here in California for passing Prop 9. Whether you call it Gay Marriage or Civil Union, the basic premise is that every person should have equal rights. It’s good to see that some states are progressing, I made a list on my site of the states I think will legalize Gay Marriage first: http://www.toptentopten.com/topten/first+states+that+will+legalize+gay+marriage

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