Vermont Legislature Overturns Governor’s Veto to Pass Gay Marriage Law

Nine years after the state of Vermont was the first state to intorduce and pass a same-sex civil union law, it became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. It is the first state to do so through legislative action rather than through the courts.

Details and photos are contained in the following reports:

REUTERS: Vermont Becomes the 4th State To Allow Gay Marriage

Toby Talbot / AP

Toby Talbot / AP

MSNBC: Vermont Lawmakers Legalize Gay Marriage

Toby Talbot / AP

Toby Talbot / AP

YAHOO News: Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage With Veto Override

You can “Thank Vermont” on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MarriageEquality

View 17-year-old James Neiley from Charlotte, VT, testifying before the Vermont Senate in favor of Marriage Equality:

NOTE: I recently discovered that this video had been removed from YouTube, but found it here:

http://www.straightgayfacts.com/NATURALGAYNOCHOICE.html

Here is the news release from the National Gay and Lesbian Task force celebrating this historic decision today:

WASHINGTON, April 7 – The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force hails the Vermont Legislature’s override today of Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. The Senate passed the measure by 23 to 5 and the House by 100 to 49. Vermont is the first state in the nation to extend the freedom to marry through the legislative process.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“Vermont is once again making history. Nine years ago it did so when it became the first state to grant legal recognition of same-sex relationships through its civil unions law; today, it became the first state Legislature to pass and enact a marriage equality measure.

“This is a momentous day and significant turning point in the struggle for the equal treatment of our relationships. The enactment of this bill affirms that only marriage can provide the protections, dignity and respect that the institution bestows. This vote also recognizes that civil unions simply fall short in ensuring same-sex couples are treated equally under the law.

“We salute the courage and commitment of the Vermont state legislative leadership in pursuing this measure’s passage – even successfully overriding the governor’s veto. We especially extend our heartfelt thanks to Vermont Freedom to Marry for its hard work and tireless advocacy for the freedom to marry.”

©2009 MsQueer.com. All rights reserved. (Note: Content of NGLTF press release is sole property of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. No copyright infringement intended.)

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2 Responses

  1. Leave it to Vermont and Iowa to be the most progressive states in the nation, shame on us here in California for passing Prop 9. Whether you call it Gay Marriage or Civil Union, the basic premise is that every person should have equal rights. It’s good to see that some states are progressing, I made a list on my site of the states I think will legalize Gay Marriage first: http://www.toptentopten.com/topten/first+states+that+will+legalize+gay+marriage

  2. well, that is a nice turn of events….heheh….

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