Vermont Leg overrides Gov. Veto! Gay Marriage now legal in the Green Mountain State

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    Apr 07, 2009 3:44 PM GMT
    Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Published: April 7, 2009

    Filed at 11:17 a.m. ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage -- and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

    The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.

    The vote came nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law.

    It's now the fourth state to permit same-sex marriage. Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa are the others. Their approval of gay marriage came from the courts.

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    Apr 07, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! I never thought the Vermont Legislature would have the votes to override the Republican Governor's veto! I'm so glad I was wrong! YAY!!!

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30089125/
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    Apr 07, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    YES YES YES!!!!


    GAY MARRIAGE IN VERMONT!!!!


    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20090407/NEWS03/90407016





    Veto override passes the house
    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20090407/NEWS02/90407017/0/NEWS03

    Vermont Senate votes to override veto
    http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20090407/NEWS03/90407015/0/NEWS03
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    Apr 07, 2009 3:58 PM GMT
    More details. It won by just a single vote in the Vermont House.

    http://www.365gay.com/news/gay-marriage-legal-in-vermont/
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    Rock on!
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    !!!!!!!! nice
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    Their stupid Republican Governor rationalized his veto by saying the law wouldn't be recognized outside of Vermont due to DOMA (the Federal Defense of Marriage Act). Except that several states DO recognize gay marriage from other states. And why should that affect what Vermonters choose to do in their own state? Like he was FORCED to veto it over that question? What a right-wing dilwad.

    Any legal quandaries over this might force the US Supreme Court to review DOMA, and possibly overturn it. Not right away, of course, until Obama gets to replace some anti-gay Republican Justices, maybe not until his second term.
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    I wonder if there is a way to tell these 4 states, THANKS and to encourage them to not turn back. This looks like progress to me.
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    WOW!
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:27 PM GMT
    Great News !!!!!
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:40 PM GMT
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
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    Apr 07, 2009 4:52 PM GMT
    I woke up this morning in VT feeling different, but in a good way icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 07, 2009 6:19 PM GMT
    My report from the Vermont State House today.

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    Apr 07, 2009 6:31 PM GMT
    That's really good.

    Vermont has become the fourth state to legalize gay marriage -- and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

    California's legislature voted two separate times to legalize same-sex marriage but each time it happened Arnold veto'd it. icon_sad.gif Also it was legal to marry in California for a time by a supreme court ruling but then anti-gay marriage people got enough signatures for an anti-gay marriage proposition to be put into the constitution, making it illegal again, making it the first time the right for same-sex marriage was actually taken away from people /sigh!
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    Apr 07, 2009 6:57 PM GMT
    Holy shit!

    Washington DC City Counsel just recognized same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal. What an awesome day!
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    Apr 07, 2009 7:00 PM GMT
    This just in...

    The number of aneurysms among religious conservatives has skyrocketed in the last 3 hours reaching alarming and epidemic proportions. The medical community is scratching their heads trying to find an answer, but, not very hard. They really don't care. "Let their heads explode," offered one doctor, under condition of anonymity.

    Details at 6.
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    Apr 07, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    Vermont beats California to the punch! Not only by the legislature's vote, but it was an override of the Governor's veto! icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 07, 2009 8:56 PM GMT
    Maverick75 saidVermont beats California to the punch! Not only by the legislature's vote, but it was an override of the Governor's veto! icon_lol.gif


    Just means Vermont is more progressive than CA.

    So now they have the right to wed their loved "one." Are they ready to fight for the right to wed two, or more. I mean lets face it. The right to wed one person is just so straight. Lets put the gay stamp on it, and go for polygamy. You know with this. we would also include our bisexual brothers. Were they could keep the wife and kids, and bring in a husband as well. For those many, many, many homosexuals who practice open relationship, they will be included too. As is many are still excluded, so we can't accept it yet.

    I have started to write to my government, informing them. That as a true blue Aussie living in Oz. I find the laws in my state discriminatory, as they don't include me a pure homosexual. Were a gay in my state not even born here, or only a few generations born here, get rights I don't, to wed their loved "ones". Now I'm talking two long term relationships here, and not some-one I only meet 5 years ago.

    So no time for rest. The next step is to fight for the right for polygamy.
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    Apr 07, 2009 8:58 PM GMT
    Finally Ben can make an honest man out of Jerry.
    Green Mountain Boi?

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    Apr 07, 2009 9:06 PM GMT
    Today the city council in my hometown Columbia, MO, in the middle of a state that has constitutionally banned gay marriage, backed up same sex partner registry cheesy.gif

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    Apr 07, 2009 9:11 PM GMT
    I wonder if the flag in front of the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City is at half-staff? LMAO!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 07, 2009 9:17 PM GMT
    i knoow, that's such great news! Same-sex marriage is slowly spreading across the states. I'm so happy! =)
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    Apr 07, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    I posted this another place, but I am adding it here also.
    A very historic day. Gay marriage in the US, without a court order - and this can not be overturned ! It stays.

    Ten things you can do to say "thanks" to Vermont

    10) Drink a pint from a Vermont micro-brew (Vermont has more micro-breweries per capita than any other state.)
    9) Buy a Grace Potter & The Nocturnals CD
    8.)Go mountain biking on the Kingdom Trails (East Burke)
    7) Buy some Cabot cheese (made in Cabot, Vermont)
    6) Go to a Phish concert
    5) Go skiing or snowboarding in Vermont
    4) Eat some Ben & Jerry's ice cream
    3) Take a fall foilage vacation in Vermont
    2) Buy a pint of Vermont maple syrup (yes, it really is what we are all about)
    1) Come to Vermont - and get married.
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    Apr 07, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    OutdoorMutt said2) Buy a pint of Vermont maple syrup (yes, it really is what we are all about)
    1) Come to Vermont - and get married.

    We always have some Vermont maple syrup in our house, the best there is. And we're discussing taking residence there right now. Our best friends have a second home in nearby New Hampshire. We're all New England boys, an easy thing to do.