Same-Sex Civil Marriage Passes Vermont Senate
Everyone remembers that Vermont narrowly passed a same-sex civil union law in 2000: A law that gave gay and lesbian couples SOME, but not ALL of the legal and economic benefits of heterosexual married couples. In the time since, public support for full (civil) marriage equality has grown considerably in Vermont. Today, the VT state Senate voted 26-4 in favor of civil marriage equality. The measure next goes to the House Judiciary. It is expected to pass the House, too.
The big question is whether Gov. Jim Douglas (R-VT) will sign or veto it. He has opposed the bill, but not threatened to veto it so far. Public opinion in VT is strongly in favor of passage, but is it enough to override a veto?
KY is a long way from VT, but I wonder if the national debate has shifted that far since ’04, when anti-same-sex marriage amendments were used in numerous states to help Pres. George W. Bush to a second term. One thing’s for sure: A victory for GLBT rights’ advocates here could be a real morale boost after the Proposition 8 debacle in CA last November.
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