Archived from the original on January 9, I'm just really grateful. Mexico 1 Netherlands 2. Archived from the original on February 9, Vermont lawmakers legalize gay marriage Governor's veto is rejected; state becomes 4th in U.
I believe this bill enriches all of us as we look with new eyes at a group of people who have been outcasts for many, many generations.
Marriage Equality Act (Vermont)
On July 22,three same-sex couples sued the state and the jurisdictions that had denied them marriage licenses. The State Senate approved same-sex marriage legislation on March 23,  and Governor Jim Douglas threatened to veto it. Polls showed the public remained equally divided. In the first half ofthe Vermont House of Representatives passed several bills to undo the civil union legislation. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill that will allow gays and lesbians to marry beginning Sept. The vote, nine years after Vermont was first in the United States to adopt a same-sex civil-union law, also makes the tiny state ofpeople the first in the nation to introduce gay marriage through legislative action instead of the courts.
On April 7,the Senate overrode the veto by a 23—5 vote and the House overrode it —49,  the first time since that a Vermont governor's veto was overridden. Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage 11th-hour change of heart ends veto Boston. Craig Bensen, a gay marriage opponent who had lobbied unsuccessfully for a nonbinding referendum on the question, said his side was outspent by supporters by A similar judicial decision followed last year in Connecticut. There was a big rhubarb, a lot of fear-mongering, and now people realize there was nothing to be afraid of. The vote passed in the House with the help of six Republicans. The Institute on Religion and Democracy.