So recently Vermont’s House of Representatives and Senate both voted to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. In that vote, the House results were 95-52. Governor Jim Douglas, however, vetoed the bill when it got to his office. Today, the House voted 100-49 to override the veto and pass the bill into law (the veto had already been overridden in Vermont’s Senate 26-4). With that, Vermont becomes the first state to allow gay marriage through legislative action. The law will take effect in September. This news comes a few days after Iowa also began to allow gay marriage; on Friday the Iowa Supreme Court voided a state law banning same-sex marriages.
The discussion in Vermont was particularly personal; “gay and lesbian lawmakers took to the House floor last Thursday and told their own personal love stories.”* I can’t say I have been following this closely, so I will refrain from saying anything more than that it seems Vermont has taken a big step in the fight for equal rights for same-sex couples and, while opponents will probably continue to fight against marraige equality in Vermont, the significance of the law passing though the legislature, not the courts, likely a sign of more equality in the future.
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Congrats to all the same-sex couples in Vermont who will now have the opportunity to wed.