Monday, March 23, 2009

YES! Vermont passes same-sex marriage bill!

With a little luck, we can soon include the great state of Vermont as the third American state to allow Gay Marriage: Democratic state Senator John Campbell's same-sex marriage bill just got passed by an overwhelming majority (26-4!) and is now headed for state House.

The state Senate voted 26-4 in favor of the measure introduced by Democratic state Sen. John Campbell. The bill now goes to the state House, where Speaker Shap Smith, also a Democrat, predicted a majority would vote in favor of the "marriage equality" act. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to begin debating the bill Tuesday. A second vote in the state Senate also is expected Tuesday.

If put into law, this bill would make Vermont the first state in the US to legalize Gay Marriage from the result of a Legislature voting instead of court cases like the others.

One tiny last little problem (though perhaps not-so-tiny): the Governor of Vermont, Republican (gasp!) Jim Douglas.

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, a Republican, has refused to answer questions about whether he would sign the measure, veto it or allow it to become law without his signature. He has said that he believes marriage should be between one man and one woman.

Let's hope Gov. Douglas is able to cast aside his retarded principals and allow people to wed whoever the fuck they want without discriminating based on one's sexuality, eh? We can only hope and cross our fingers at this point. It's right within reach!


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