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03/06/2009

Green Mountain State: 'I dos' by next foliage season?

by Jeremy Hooper

Iowa is a possibility. California, of course, might overturn Prop 8 and restore their fair marriage system. Then there is New Jersey, where it's not a matter of if but when the legislature will bump up their civil unions system to the full enchilada (or bagel with a schmear, as it were).

200903061041But is it actually Vermont that will beat all of those states to the marriage punch? Well, maybe:

MONTPELIER — Democratic legislative leaders said Thursday they plan to pass same-sex marriage legislation this session.

The bill is one of several House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin said will be among their priorities when the Legislature reconvenes March 17. Among the others were economic development, campaign finance and Vermont Yankee decommissioning bills.

“It’s become clear we can and should work to pass a bill promoting the equal right to marry this year,” Shumlin said. “We are capable of doing more than one thing at a time.”

Gay-marriage bill on fast track [Burlington Free Press]
(H/t: GreenMountainJamie)

We certainly hope this is the case. It is always nice to attend weddings that are within driving distance of the Ben & Jerry factory.

Oh, and of course that whole equality thing is pretty sweet too.

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Your thoughts

Is the governor of VT on board with this? I seem to remember that he wasn't thrilled by the idea. (Or maybe it was NH) I would hate to see the legislature approve it only to have it vetoed by the governor. (Shades of California)

Posted by: Phil in Colorado | Mar 6, 2009 12:01:35 PM


Wow! New meaning for the Vermont Teddy Bear factory.

http://www.vermontteddybear.com/Category/Gay-Pride-Teddy-Bear-Gifts.aspx

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Posted by: Dave B. | Mar 6, 2009 1:45:47 PM

Phil: The governor's stance is not fully known. However, it's believed that they have a veto-proof majority (def. in Senate, prob. in house).

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 6, 2009 4:22:06 PM

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