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...

Posted March 23, 2009 at 7:00pm ETC by Andy Towle
in gay marriage, News, Vermont