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The Vermont Senate and House just voted to override the Governor's veto of the same-sex marriage bill.

Governor Jim Douglas, Republican, promptly vetoed the bill when it was delivered to his desk last night - as promised.

This morning, the Senate voted 23 to 5 to override the veto. The Vermont House voted around 11 a.m. to also override the veto. The vote was 100-49.

Gay Marriage is now legal in Vermont!


Associated Press:

MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote — the minimum needed — to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto. Its vote followed a much easier override vote in the Senate, which rebuffed the Republican governor with a vote of 23-5.

Vermont was the first state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples and joins Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gays the right to marry. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.

Tuesday morning's legislative action came less than a day after Douglas issued a veto message saying the bill would not improve the lot of gay and lesbian couples because it still would not provide them rights under federal and other states' laws.

House Speaker Shap Smith's announcement of the vote brought an outburst of jubilation from some of the hundreds packed into the gallery and the lobby outside the House chamber, despite the speaker's admonishment against such displays.

Among the celebrants in the lobby were former Rep. Robert Dostis, D-Waterbury, and his longtime partner, Chuck Kletecka. Dostis recalled efforts to expand gay rights dating to an anti-discrimination law passed in 1992.

"It's been a very long battle. It's been almost 20 years to get to this point," Dostis said. "I think finally, most people in Vermont understand that we're a couple like any other couple. We're as good and as bad as any other group of people. And now I think we have a chance to prove ourselves here on forward that we're good members of our community."

Dostis said he and Kletecka will celebrate their 25th year together in September.

"Is that a proposal?" Kletecka asked.

"Yeah," Dostis replied. "Twenty-five years together, I think it's time we finally got married."

The House initially passed the bill last week with a 95-52 vote.



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What a day! Check out THIS news: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/07/AR2009040702200.html?hpid=topnews
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from The Grey Line:

The ball of progress rolls on.

Maine, today, becomes the fifth US state to allow gay marriage.

Governor Baldacci's sensible words: “This new law does not force any religion to recognize a marriage that falls outside of its beliefs. It does not require the church to perform any ceremony with which it disagrees. Instead, it reaffirms the separation of Church and State.”

Now, if everyone could just follow that insight, we'd be set. SEPARATION of Church and State.

In New Hampshire the legislature passed a bill to legalize gay marriage and is waiting for the governor's approval (a Democrat).

But whoa, three states legalized same-sex marriage in the last two months. Also see Vermont and Iowa. New Hampshire is to follow suit. Then New York will likely be the next big state to support equality. Rhode Island is the only state in New England that hasn't even addressed the issue, though I doubt that'll last long.

Let's not forget about California. The court's final ruling on Prop 8 is due in early June. Will these latest news breaks influence the outcome? I hope so.

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Good news.
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