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04/07/2009

Breaking: Voting out a VT veto!

by Jeremy Hooper

VT10:08 AM: By a vote of 23-5, the Vermont Senate has voted to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto!

House vote comes later this morning. If it passes there, the victory will be twofold. First and foremost: We'll get our fourth state with marriage equality. But also: Social conservatives, who are currently shunning the Iowa judiciary yet emboldening the power of the IA legislature, will be forced to spin Vermont's marriage-granting, the product of a voluntary legislative action, in a way that allows them to chastise the equality without looking like hypocrites. Should be a fun dance to witness/use against them!

**UPDATE, 10:45: WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By a vote of 100-49 , the House has stepped up and voted for a veto override!!!!!!!!!! So this means...

VT BECOMES 4TH STATE WITH MARRIAGE EQUALITY, THE FIRST TO HAVE ENACTED IT BY VOLUNTARY LEGISLATIVE ACTION!!!!

Lots more to come throughout the day...

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Your thoughts

Roll call vote in the House happening now.

Posted by: michael | Apr 7, 2009 10:55:10 AM

100 - 49!

Posted by: Caoimhe | Apr 7, 2009 11:03:34 AM

Holy Marital Equality, Batman! Does this mean that the house of cards is finally falling!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Apr 7, 2009 11:17:05 AM

Yes, let all the dances begin!!!

Posted by: LOrion | Apr 7, 2009 11:30:58 AM

Congrats Vermont... Every State that legalizes Same sex marriage will help sway the minds of voters in California so we can overturn Prop. 8 in the future.

Again I am SO HAPPY for Vermont, This has been a GREAT month.

Posted by: Jeff Chang | Apr 7, 2009 11:35:18 AM

YES!!!!

Posted by: John | Apr 7, 2009 11:36:07 AM

Nice!

Posted by: Alonzo | Apr 7, 2009 11:40:15 AM


WOW! Not only did it pass but it was overwhelming! The spin from the exploding heads should be fun to watch over the next few days. Maybe they can blame those despicable activist legislators.

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Posted by: dave b | Apr 7, 2009 11:43:15 AM

I can't stop smiling long enough to wipe the tears out of my eyes! :) :)

Posted by: Jamie | Apr 7, 2009 11:48:19 AM

So happy for you Jamie, our resident Vermonter!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 7, 2009 11:51:06 AM

I can not wait to see the spin on this one.

Posted by: RainbowPhoenix | Apr 7, 2009 12:02:38 PM

How wonderful! So wonderful, it almost doesn't seem real.

PS-Thanks for doing this, Jeremy. This is one of the first sites I look at every morning for my doses of news and sarcasm. :)

Posted by: Tom | Apr 7, 2009 12:14:37 PM

This is really big!

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Apr 7, 2009 12:26:31 PM

YES!! Two in a week!

I hope this puts some shame in the hearts of Californians who voted yes on 8, as well as those legislators who allowed the majority to override a supreme court decision in the first place.

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | Apr 7, 2009 12:30:40 PM

On one hand I am excited and thrilled. On the other, I'm kind of resentful that it took this long. I mean, how hard is it to see that gay marriage is a civil RIGHT? It's embarrasing that we as a nation have allowed this discrimination to go on this long.

Posted by: Mrs. M | Apr 7, 2009 1:03:38 PM

This might be almost directly opposite to how I felt on November 5th :-)

Such a great moment; all I want to do is call my friends and family and share in the news :-)

Posted by: zortnac | Apr 7, 2009 1:30:20 PM

This should be the TOP STORY on your site. We fought long and hard for this in our small state: the first Legislature to pass Gay Marriage.

I love my home state! VERMONT RULES!!!!!!!

Posted by: AlannVermont | Apr 7, 2009 3:22:15 PM

Alann: Stories automatically move down as the day goes on. This one story will naturally move down, but there will be plenty more to say on Vermont as the days, weeks, months, years go on. And the Vermont story roundup is posted in the upper right sidebar.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 7, 2009 3:27:46 PM

I just got this video from a 17 year old that gave testimony for same sex marriage in Vermont. It is so amazing and inspirational

you have to watch it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u95a3Kp8lkg

Posted by: Jeff Chang | Apr 7, 2009 7:23:13 PM

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