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Vermont Senate Approves Same-Sex Marriage

After a week of heated public hearings, the Vermont Senate voted 26-4 today to approve same-sex marriage in the state, the Burlington Free Press reports:

Douglas "The bill will have third reading and vote Tuesday. All bills have three readings. It is designed for people to reconsider or amend an item, but it unlikely that a vote would change on a third reading. A similar measure begins moving through the House on Tuesday with testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. A full vote on that measure wouldn't come before next week. The four senators who voted against the measure are: Randy Brock (R-Franklin County), Vince Illuzzi (R-Essex/Orleans), Hull Maynard (R-Rutland County) and Bobby Starr (D-Essex/Orleans). Senators who had been undecided, including Sen. Dick Mazza (D-Chittenden/Grand Isle), Phil Scott (R-Washington) and Bill Doyle (R-Washington), all voted in favor of the bill."

The measure is expected to move quickly through the House, according to NECN. Governor Jim Douglas has said he's opposed to same-sex marriage legislation but has refused to say what he'll do if such a bill comes to his desk. Lawmakers have expressed confidence that he'll let the bill become law without his signature or veto.

NECN's report on today's Senate vote, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Amazing. Legislatively-created marriage equality. Looks like first place is going to go to Vermont.

    Posted by: Pender | Mar 23, 2009 7:03:51 PM

  2. yes! vermont!

    Posted by: nic | Mar 23, 2009 7:35:47 PM

  3. Massachusetts: Romney
    California (briefly): Schwarzeneggar
    Connecticut: Rell

    If Douglas lets it become law, every state where marriage has become legal will have done so while under a Republican governor.

    Posted by: DaveO | Mar 23, 2009 7:51:23 PM

  4. No Governor can afford being overridden. I'm looking forward to the vote of the house members.

    Posted by: Rafael | Mar 23, 2009 8:03:53 PM

  5. As usual, Republicans are taking credit for things that have nothing to do with them. Just like the douchebags who tried to claim credit for the Obama stimulus package that they voted against. Even if Douglas vetoes, the Democrats appear to have more than enough votes to override.

    MA: Romney did everything he could to ban same-sex marriage. And when that didn't work, he resurrected a 1913 segregation law to keep out-of-state couples from coming to Boston for a wedding (just to play the Grinch).

    CA: Schwarzenegger doesn't know what he wants. He has the most inconsistent record on same-sex marriage of any governor. He's against it personally. But if X, Y, Z conditions are met and the stars are aligned correctly on the summer solstice, then it is OK for somebody else to legalize. He seems to confuse domestic partnership benefits and civil union (using both words interchangebly as if there were no difference). Thanks for nothing, Arnie.

    CT: Rell was going to pull a Romney. But Connecticut's difficult referendum process makes it impossible for her to act.

    Posted by: John in CA | Mar 23, 2009 8:05:43 PM

  6. The fact that any of the preceding states had Republican governors is pointless considering all three states preceding allowed gay marriage through the judiciary, not the executive or legislative branches. What does the governor have to do with that? Other than possibly politicizing the issue to the point that people brought lawsuits in courts to try to get equality.

    Posted by: Alex | Mar 23, 2009 9:28:38 PM

  7. The Senate vote was even better than expected, so this is excellent news in VT. Another hurdle down.

    Re: Republican governors, well, the progress is no thanks to them. If marriage equality becomes law in VT, it will be in spite of Gov. Douglas and not because of Gov. Douglas. The majority of our legislators, including some brave Republicans, will deserve big thank you cards, but Gov. Douglas will not.

    Looking forward to the House vote.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 23, 2009 10:05:47 PM

  8. Yeah! Hopefully he won't veto. I bet the wingnuts are frothing at the mouth over this!

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 24, 2009 9:05:10 AM

  9. The vote on the amendment to have a referendum and postpone for a year was 11 to 19! I was amazed the final vote was so lopsided. Let's hope the House vote is too, then see how Douglas could justify a veto. I don't think it'll happen (fingers crossed).

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Mar 24, 2009 10:23:10 AM

  10. Marriage equality approved by a huge margin! I've seen the future and it's in New England!

    Posted by: CitizenGeek | Mar 24, 2009 12:26:20 PM

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