Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage: Overrides Veto
Vermont now becomes the 4th state to legalize same sex marriage. I wasn’t sure they could override the governor’s veto. I knew the votes were there in the VT senate, but it was close in the house. This is a huge victory. Look for the same thing to happen in New Hampshire.
Meanwhile, conservatives are working to undo the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in favor of marriage equality. I wasn’t worried about this, at first. Unlike in CA, it is difficult to amend the IA state constitution. In normal cases, both houses of the state legislature would have to vote to amend the constitution in identical wording TWO YEARS in a row and then it would have to be validated by popular ballot. So, the earliest they could reverse the decision would be 2012, by which time people would have seen that the sky doesn’t fall with marriage equality.
But conservatives in IA are seeking a way around this. They are trying to force a constitutional convention and making it an issue for Gov. Chet Culver (D)’s 2010 reelection. If successful, that could lead to a repeat of Prop 8 in CA where legal rights of a minority are taken away by popular ballot–a process that would threaten everyone.
So, congrats to VT and let’s keep an eye on IA.
D.C.’s City Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
Oh, NH’s House has passed marriage equality and it is expected to pass the NH Senate. NH’s governor has, like VT’s, promised a veto. Maine’s legislature is expected to debate marriage equality beginning on 24 April 2009. And we await a decision of the CA supreme court as to whether Prop. 8 was itself constitutional.
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