Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage
The Vermont Senate and House of Representatives yesterday overrode a veto by governor Jim Douglas to pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Vermont.
Vermont now joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa as the only states in which gay marriage is legal. California briefly recognized gay marriage last year, until voters rejected it in an amendment to the California constitution in November. Vermont is remarkable, however, in that it is the first state to legalize gay marriage by popular vote, rather than court order. Even more remarkable is that the Vermont legislature passed the bill over Republican governor Jim Douglas's veto with a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.
The legalization of gay marriage in Vermont comes less than a week after the Iowa Supreme Court declared gay marriage legal in that state.
The District of Columbia also passed legislation legalizing gay marriage yesterday. The D.C. City Council voted 12-0 to legalize gay marriage within the district. However, D.C. must have all of its legislation approved by Congress, a body in which it does not even have any representation. Although Congress is now dominated by Democrats who may be sympathetic to the cause of gay rights, it is not inconceivable that Congress might reject the vote of the D.C. council.
Vermont invented the concept of gay "civil unions" in 2000, as a means of granting some sort of legal recognition to same-sex couples. When Vermont's gay marriage law goes into effect September 1, 2009, the state will no longer issue same-sex civil unions.
BTW, according to Tony Perkins, we're out to destroy civilization itself!:
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on Tuesday condemned the votes in Vermont and Washington.
"Same-sex 'marriage' is a movement driven by wealthy homosexual activists and a liberal elite determined to destroy not only the institution of marriage, but democracy as well. Time and again, we see when citizens have the opportunity to vote at the ballot box, they consistently opt to support traditional marriage," Perkins said.
"The radical left wants to destroy the traditional union of one man and one woman across the country and they will not rest until they do so. The marriage amendment movement has been many times more successful than the same-sex 'marriage' movement," Perkins added.
A Vermont teen testifies to the Senate judiciary committee on behalf of gay marriage.
17 year old James Neiley, a student at Champlain Valley Union High School, helped persuade the Vermont legislature in favor of gay marriage. His testimony is worth a look.:
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