Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Vermont Legislature Vetoes Governor and Protects Same Sex Marriage

Gay marriage advocate Beth Robinson, center, holds back tears following the passage of a gay marriage bill in Montpelier, Vt., Tuesday, April 7, 2009. At left is Sherry Corbin and at right is Susan Murray.

Vermont has now become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage.

The state legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. Think about this folks. A state legislature not only passed a law protecting gays, it overrode its repressive governor's veto, which required a two thirds margin to do. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House.

Just think about this. How far we have come. What an achievement this is. Just take a deep breath. Not just to win the vote, but to win the veto, and then at 6:45 pm Eastern, have Brian Williams on NBC News announce it to the nation. You see, the fact that these decisions make mainstream news also sends a message to our nation that we have come a long, long way.

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