April 07, 2009

Equal rights wins AGAIN !

Last week it was Iowa.....and now Vermont joins the movement for EQUAL RIGHTS!

Someday we will look back at a time when people were denied equal rights under the law and shake our heads at how long it took to fix the problem. Today, another step forward was taken.

Vermont becomes 4th state to legalize gay marriage after lawmakers override governor's veto

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP)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.

Full story here . . .


themom said...

It's not pretty, but I am doing a little Happy Dance here!!

Lemmy Caution said...

2 states in two weeks.

The ball is rolling.

The protests of religious wingnut whackadoos are being silenced one state at a time.

Religion has been used to suppress all kinds of minorities over the years, and it has always eventually failed.

It will fail with this issue as well.