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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:

Douglas"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."

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  1. Just another hetero sexist hegemonist. lol.
    Couldn't resist, sorry.

    He's just a plain and simple jackass.

    Posted by: Jim/Charlotte | Mar 26, 2009 8:04:11 AM

  2. I was surprised to read this. I thought Vermont would have been one of the first states to allow same sex marriage. Sorry to hear this.
    - A Canadian that loves Vermont

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 26, 2009 9:34:51 AM

  3. If you want to make a difference in Vermont where the battle is very much still raging, make a donation to either

    Vermont Freedom to Marry

    which is working hard to get the votes needed to override the veto

    and/or to the Vermont Democratic Party

    Which strongly supports equal marriage rights and working hard to get rid of Douglas in the next election.

    Vermonters will be gathering at Douglas' office tomorrow morning at 8:45 AM. Time to man the barricades!

    Posted by: vermontlesbian | Mar 26, 2009 10:27:38 AM

  4. Governor Douglas is a good man to stand up for his own beliefs and the traditional beliefs that so many people have. Civil Unions offer many benefits. The belief that marriage is a sanctity between a man and a woman is not merely religious, a legal value. Those with this morals will feel the same way as him and many other politicians and citizens. Douglas however is one of the first brave enough to veto this bill to show what he believes. That in no way makes him a Coward.

    Posted by: lindsay | Mar 29, 2009 4:48:50 PM

  5. Crispy says, "Can you REALLY have DIGNITY when you encourage people to stop paying taxes, yet accept tax-supported welfare?

    John Bisceglia - biting the hand that feeds since 2005."

    @ crispy - Uhh, yes I can.

    Congrats! You won!

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | May 2, 2009 1:31:46 AM

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