Vermont: Same Sex Marriage Passes! Historic Moment as Legislature Overthrows Governor’s Veto

vermont_roadsign.thumbnail.jpgThere will be a reason other than apples, maple syrup, and the leaves changing to visit Vermont this fall. Vermont legislators voted in equal marriage!

In an historic move, just moments ago the Vermont House of Representatives voted 100-49 to override Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto, following this morning’s earlier vote of 23-5 by the Senate. Vermont is the first state to recognize marriage for same-sex couples through the legislative process. The law goes into effect Sept 1.

Says Vermont radio personality Darwin, who hosts a top-rated morning show on alt-rock station WEQX credits the passing to

Yankee individualism and Birkenstocks, the one thing that unites the Democrats and Republicans in Vermont.

Darwin, who is out and proud on-air and off, and his partner are having a July wedding in Massachusetts (where his partner is a legal resident), but today’s ruling has made him thrilled for Vermont residents and hopeful that the rest of the country will soon follow. He adds:

Damn, it’s too late for my wedding plans, but it’s great to work in a state where our elected officials understand the basic human rights and didn’t have to go through the court process to go there. The cows need to move over because the gays are coming!

15 Responses to "Vermont: Same Sex Marriage Passes! Historic Moment as Legislature Overthrows Governor’s Veto"
Phoenix Woman | Tuesday April 7, 2009 08:25 am 1


SpillsAndThrills | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:01 am 2

GREAT news!

ratfood | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:15 am 3

Progress we can believe in!

I love that the radio host’s name is Darwin.

CTBob | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:19 am 4

Ha! Take THAT, California! (sorry, had to say it!)

ratfood | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:22 am 5

Anybody know if Vermont has a residency requirement?

BooRadley | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:27 am 6

Thanks Lisa. digg is open

perris | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:30 am 7

this is great news, anyone know how the high court it’s going in the high court in cali for proposition 8?`

CTBob | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:45 am 8

Once again, Connecticut has missed the opportunity to be the first state to legislate same sex marriage, rather than have decided in the courts. It’s really shameful, too, because we have a super-majority in power, and if they’d just work together can override our inexplicably popular GOP governor.

oldnslow | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:48 am 9

Wonderful news. Thanks. Lisa. Congrats Vermont!

Kassandra | Tuesday April 7, 2009 09:48 am 10

Ain’t it great!? Was the gov a republican? Nobody said. What a f**ker!
Here’s hoping MY state throws out the Catholic church form it’s debating society on this issue. they screwed it up for us this last time. We’ve tried 3 times and it’s either our of state evangelicals or now, the C’s

Votus | Tuesday April 7, 2009 10:01 am 11

Excellent news–thank you for the post.

Teddy Partridge | Tuesday April 7, 2009 10:24 am 12

Wow, what wonderful news.

Let’s hope Iowa and Vermont move California’s Supreme Court to realize that voters can’t take away fundamental civil rights.

Nanz | Tuesday April 7, 2009 11:22 am 13

Congratulations Vermont! Being from California I am just plain envious of your sensibilities.

caia | Tuesday April 7, 2009 03:06 pm 14
In response to ratfood @ 5

I don’t know, but Massachusetts doesn’t. (Used to, but the that changed last year.)

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