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Vermont Governor Jim Douglas Vetos Same-Sex Marriage Bill

As promised, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas has vetoed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

Douglas_vermontHe release a statement, which read, in part: "On such an intensely personal issue as this, all members must do as their individual conscience dictates, with the best interest of their districts in mind. It is for those reasons that I have not sought to lobby members of my own party, or asked opponents to sustain my veto. This legislation does not address the inequalities espoused by proponents. Regardless of whether the term marriage is applied, federal benefits will still be denied to same sex couples in Vermont. And states that do not recognize same sex marriage or civil unions will also deny state rights and responsibilities to same sex couples in Vermont. This bill will not change that fact."

Read his full statement here (PDF).

The Vermont House and Senate are expected to vote to override the veto tomorrow. An override is expected in the Senate while the House is still unclear.

Vermont Freedom to Marry: Petition urges override, rally planned for Tuesday morning...

VT Rep. contact info...

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  1. So... his rationale is that "everyone else is doing it, so that make is okay" to discriminate?!

    Lovely. And appropriately juvenile.

    Posted by: Jeff M. | Apr 6, 2009 6:55:18 PM


  2. His argument is the exact same as the one those racist bigots down South used to use in defense of Jim Crow and "Separate But Equal". Pathetic.

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 6, 2009 6:56:54 PM


  3. So he's kissing up to the fundies, expecting his veto to be overturned because he knows how wrong it is, but he wants to at least carry the socially retarded fundamentalist vote when he runs for re-election... or preznit.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Apr 6, 2009 6:58:19 PM


  4. Please feel free to contact the Governor here:

    http://governor.vermont.gov/contact.html

    Posted by: JSH | Apr 6, 2009 7:04:52 PM


  5. Please don't judge Vermont by our pathetic coward of a governor. Luckily, he and the rest of the Republican Old Guard are a dying breed, both here and nationwide.

    Posted by: David Lawrence & Robert Galik | Apr 6, 2009 7:05:08 PM


  6. Gov. Jim Douglas is the modern version of Gov. George Wallace.

    Jim Douglas = George Wallace

    sad.

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 6, 2009 7:07:11 PM


  7. Forgot the rest of the info -

    USPS:
    Governor Jim Douglas
    109 State Street, Pavilion
    Montpelier, VT 05609-0101
    Phone: 802 828-3333

    Posted by: JSH | Apr 6, 2009 7:16:55 PM


  8. I'm still shocked that this is happening in VT? Like, when I think of social liberalism, I think of VT. I feel like an override is kind of a done deal?

    Posted by: Sam | Apr 6, 2009 7:19:46 PM


  9. This guy is pure scum. I can't express how disgusted I am at this EVIL vile sack of shit..and that's rare! I can only hope that he contracts pancreatic cancer, and suffers immeasurably before certain death.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 6, 2009 7:27:36 PM


  10. Jim Crow, er I mean Jim Douglas is just wrong. Period.

    Posted by: Wayne | Apr 6, 2009 7:30:09 PM


  11. The man is a Theocrat and needs to be OUTTED as such. Theocrats only embrace Democracy when it benefits them. All are created equal in a Democracy, not just the chosen few.

    Posted by: CB | Apr 6, 2009 7:34:01 PM


  12. I urge all who are contemplating writing their opinions to this bigoted asshole to wait until after the veto has been overridden, and if when that happens, unleash hell. You're not going to change his evil mind, as you know...so the majority are going to be rightfully outraged and unconstrained...which he'll use as ammunition to martyr himself to vermonters and the politicians in this sensitive time. Nothing is beneath this scumbag, or any of the others.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 6, 2009 7:36:21 PM


  13. I urge all who are contemplating writing their opinions to this bigoted asshole to wait until after the veto has been overridden, and if when that happens, unleash hell. You're not going to change his evil mind, as you know...so the majority are going to be rightfully outraged and unconstrained...which he'll use as ammunition to martyr himself to vermonters and the politicians in this sensitive time. Nothing is beneath this scumbag, or any of the others.

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 6, 2009 7:36:23 PM


  14. Do something about it men! He's up for reelection next year.

    Posted by: Chris | Apr 6, 2009 7:38:35 PM


  15. Well, our governor (VT's George Wallace is apt) fulfilled his shameful promise, and now it's up to our legislators. I certainly have more faith in them than I do in the governor, but the House vote is going to be a nail-biter tomorrow. It's despicable that he is putting us thru this for short-term political gain (he seems to have no true conviction on the matter other than he finds it distasteful), and I certainly hope that his long-term political aspirations in VT will suffer for this however the vote goes. We already have a Vermonters united to defeat Douglas in 2010 group going on facebook. He's been falsely viewed as innocuous by too many VT voters, but now his true colors have been revealed.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 6, 2009 7:46:39 PM


  16. I say regardless of what happens, we all work to get him kicked out of office at the soonest juncture. I'm afraid that if the House does get the votes to override, people will let it go. I hope either way that's not the case.

    Posted by: Bruno | Apr 6, 2009 7:49:57 PM


  17. Channel your anger productively. Pledge money to his next opponent regardless of whether we can override the veto. I've pledged $200. If we can demonstrate that vetoing same-sex marriage is a quick road to electoral failure, it'll be much less likely to happen next time. On the other hand, if Douglas weathers the storm, this'll be the road map for every governor in his position in the future.

    Posted by: Pender | Apr 6, 2009 7:53:34 PM


  18. I mentioned above that he is a Theocrat. When he runs for re-election, this is what he needs to be identified as. Put him on the defensive. This is the way we need to identify this politicians. Using bigot or homophobe has been over-used and is becoming meaningless. Homophobia is one who fears homosexuality. These politicians don't fear homosexuals, they enjoy the power they have over them, and provoke those who are homophobic. The word bigot has become similar with the story of the boy who cried wolf. Everytime you turn around, someone is hollering bigot, whether for sexuality or race. Theocrat fills that void, expecially with those "conservatives" who consistently vote against gay rights.

    Word of warning...As stated above, wait to see what the Vermont legislature does. We don't need to go postal and alienate those who are for gay rights.

    Posted by: CB | Apr 6, 2009 8:10:40 PM


  19. How is this an "intensely personal issue" for Gov. Douglas? He's not gay! Something is personal when it affects your person. Wow.

    Posted by: clint | Apr 6, 2009 8:25:59 PM


  20. His conscience dictates that homosexual love is inferior to heterosexual love.

    Interestingly he can not formulate why.

    Posted by: Jon | Apr 6, 2009 8:35:13 PM


  21. Yeah, Larry Craig and Mark Foley aren't gay either, are they?

    Just wait... within a few weeks, Douglas is going to be busted raping small children with the rest of the cathlick fundies in VT. THAT'S why it's "intensely personal"!

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Apr 6, 2009 8:40:58 PM


  22. For one hour I feel defeat, but then I will pull myself back together and fight for whats right. I wrote a piece on www.gayvolt.com telling exactly how I feel; let down and dissapointed with our country, or some elements of it in the least. Fingers crossed for a veto

    Posted by: Karlito | Apr 6, 2009 8:55:48 PM


  23. "Just wait... within a few weeks, Douglas is going to be busted raping small children with the rest of the cathlick fundies in VT. THAT'S why it's 'intensely personal'!"

    Gov. Douglas is not Larry Craig or Mark Foley, i.e. there are no rumors floating around about boy trysts. His veto is purely political. He saw that there may be a 2/3 majority in both houses and announced the veto to cover his ass with the conservative base. He's never expressed sound reasons for opposing the bill (it may be "intensely personal" to others but not to his empty heart), beyond the fact that he thinks we're a "distraction," doesn't bring up religion in any substantial way, and only wishes the whole thing would vanish into thin air. He's an ass, but not an especially religious or closeted one.


    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 6, 2009 9:16:00 PM


  24. The main reason Vermonters should get rid of this dangerous man is that he does not respect their will. Once the legislature votes in favor of something, especially by margins like these, it is every governor's role to respect and support that. There is nothing personal about it. This is the same cowardly pandering that Schwarzenegger did with his vetoes. Meanwhile the feds say the states should decide and, his state having decided, this fool tells us the feds won't recognize it so there is no point in doing it. He thinks we're as stupid as those louts he's pandering to.

    Posted by: Don | Apr 7, 2009 12:04:00 AM


  25. See this is the funny thing. Every time I hit these boards I'm hearing how the ooooooh SCAAAAARY Republicans are goin down the drain.

    My version however sees a lot of Dems underestimating their opponent and letting their guard down foolishly.

    Keep it up and you'll be the ones who are screwed. Just like the way ya were with Prop 8. Only thios time there'll be a lot more at stake than just the chance to marry mark my words.

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 7, 2009 12:42:44 AM


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