Vermont Governor Says He Will Veto Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Vermont Governor Jim Douglas said today he will veto a same-sex marriage bill if it comes to his desk, WCAX reports:
"He made the public announcement this afternoon. The Vt. Senate gave its final stamp of approval Tuesday to a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Vermont. Passage came on a voice vote with no debate, one day after the Senate gave the bill preliminary approval on a 26-4 roll call vote. Now the issue moves to the House, where the Judiciary Committee has scheduled a week's worth of testimony on the issue. It is expected to pass. Governor Douglas has said that he opposes the bill, and this afternoon he announced he plans to veto it. He said he made the announcement to stop speculation and to focus attention on economy."
Douglas has said he's opposed to same-sex marriage legislation but had until today refused to say what he'd do if they bill reached his desk. Lawmakers had expressed confidence that Douglas would let the bill become law without his signature or veto.
According to Vermont's Legislative website, "If he vetoes the bill it is returned together with the veto message to the Clerk of the House or Secretary of the Senate. Then that house must consider it and if it is passed by a two-thirds vote of each house, then it goes to the Secretary of States office and becomes a permanent part of the statutes. If either house fails to get a two-thirds vote the bill is dead."