Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jesus' Love Resurrecting: Veto Override Makes Vermont the 4th State to Welcome Gay Marriage

Gay marriage advocate Beth Robinson, center, holds back tears following the passage of a gay marriage bill in Montpelier, Vt., today.

Photo thanks to TOBY TALBOT/Associated Press

Article by Associated Press reporter DAVE GRAM

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.

The vote came nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law.

It's now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa are the others. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts....

Read history of the developing story about Vermont's historical move to support full equality, here.

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