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Hearings Begin in Vermont on Same-Sex Marriage

Hearings on same-sex marriage in Vermont, which began today, got a late start in Montpelier after hundreds of people arrived to witness the arguments and voice their opinions:

Lawyers "The show of force came particularly from opponents, clad with stickers that read, 'Marriage: A mother and father for every child.' ... 'I think this is just the start of it,' said Stephen Cable, president of Vermont Renewal, an opposition group. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to take testimony all week before passing a bill by Friday. Statehouse Sergeant-at-Arms Francis Brooks limited the number of people who could enter the hearing room, then urged them to refrain from applauding or booing in response to testimony. Testimony that was scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. had not begun yet at 12:50 p.m."

Meanwhile, the anti-gay group National Organization for Marriage has begun airing "Don't Mess with Marriage" ads across northern New England. Listen to their hideous misleading ads on the NOM site.

Friday, a group of more than 300 lawyers representing approximately 15% of the state Bar held a news conference (pictured) in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

Earlier this month, lawmakers expressed confidence that the bill would pass this session.

Watch a news report on the conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hello "Gay Leaders"! Did you notice the terms the Radical Religious Extremists used both in the PSA and on the Website? DID YOU? "Gay Marriage" and "Same Sex Marriage" The more and longer "Gay Leadership" uses those terms the stronger the Radical Religious Extremists become in their fight against Marriage equality.

    Please please stop using terms coined by the Radical Religious Extremists to DENY Civil Marriage equality. Use the Term "Marriage". Words DO matter.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 16, 2009 2:57:53 PM

  2. I have just two words to say to this evry-child-deserves-a-father-and-mother crap.

    Bristol Palin.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | Mar 16, 2009 3:46:50 PM

  3. SARGON BIGHORN, I agree with you about the terminology. We're fighting for civil marriage equality and not gay or same-sex marriage, which makes it sound distinct from "straight" marriage. Yet the label persists, tho Vermont Freedom to Marry's excellent leaders generally stress civil marriage equality and choose their words carefully.

    I hope VTers will notice that the opposition ads are coming from out of staters. (Out of state influence not appreciated in VT.) The support ads, already playing, have featured VTers and have been clear and well-done. (Andy linked to one a while ago.) The ad above seems tailored towards a referendum, which VT doesn't have. It may inspire some opponents to write letters, but legislators won't be swayed by such obvious falsehoods.

    We have busses heading over for the hearings on Weds evening, so it should be a good turnout. Of course the opposition is organizing as well. Gov. Douglas is still mum about vetoing the bill if it passes, which it likely will. He has only said he "won't be pleased" if it reaches his desk.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 16, 2009 4:26:38 PM

  4. That radio spot is just horrible. Seriously.

    If your kid asks "if my dad married a man, who would be my mom?" you've got MUCH bigger things to worry about. Your kid has big problems, and they're not gay marriage related.

    Posted by: Gregus | Mar 16, 2009 5:12:39 PM

  5. I live in Las Vegas. I see what "marriage" is about everyday as I live downtown in the center of the marriage district.

    Here's my take on "marriage":

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 16, 2009 8:14:07 PM

  6. Lets use their NOM website against them. Click to send a letter to your representatives, then erase all the bullshit they put in there. Create your own wording about how the world is changing and other people are evolving. Lets turn their own hate against them.

    Posted by: Husky | Mar 18, 2009 1:47:33 AM

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