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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Vermont approves same-sex marriage!

What great news to wake up to:

Just minutes ago, in a welcome twist in the advance for civil rights, Vermont became the first state to approve same-sex marriages by a legislative vote (instead of judicial decision), becoming the fourth state to currently provide marriage equality. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas vetoed the bill as it was first approved (and as he promised) and then, by a vote of 100-49 the Vermont House of Representatives has overridden the veto and brought marriage equality to the state.

Congratulations Vermont!

To note: California's legislature brought same-sex marriages to California twice, both vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Photo by Amy the Nurse

1 comment:

  1. The reality is, gay people are going to form relationships. The question then becomes, are we going to encourage strong, committed relationships around the shared values of family, fidelity, and responsibility, with the help of friends, family, and the government, or is it in the best interest of society to make laws that attack and demean such relationships, causing harm to those couples and their children.

    Vermont chose equality. What a great day.