April 7th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
13 years ago

Vermont House, Senate override veto on same-sex marriage

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/07/art.douglas.gi.jpg caption="Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas had vetoed a bill to allow same-sex marriage in his state."](CNN) - Vermont's House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

The Senate voted 23-5 to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto, according to the Senate office. Shortly afterward, the House overrode the veto on a 100-49 vote. The votes surpassed the number needed - two-thirds of those present - to override the veto.

The action makes Vermont the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriages. The others are Massachusetts, Connecticut and, as of last week, Iowa.

Douglas vetoed the bill on Monday. "Vermont's civil union law has afforded the same state rights, responsibilities and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples," the governor wrote in a letter to David Gibson, secretary of the Senate. "Our civil union law serves Vermont well and I would support congressional action to extend those benefits at the federal level to states that recognize same sex unions. But I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman."

Filed under: Same-sex marriage • Vermont
soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. abc ~ anything but california hugh

    The gay-bashers will be all over this one, demanding their religious rights are being eroded. Not everyone in America believes in the bible or is a christian. If some religious affliations do not want to marry homosexuals, that's their right, but denying gays their equal rights is wrong. Religious homophobic zealots have no right dictating their religious beliefs on others and denying homosexuals or transgenders their equal rights under the law.

    April 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    I wonder if we really could live in freedom together ever. It seems to me we do not want to allow other fellow citizens to live their private lives in peace. The foundation of the founding father’s gave to us in our Declaration of Independence and US Constitution showed us the way of having freedom and liberty for all, but we continue to ignore the ideals of freedom laid out for this nation as a Republic.

    April 7, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Josh C.

    What most people here don't understand is most people in this country are not against same sex marriage because we think it's an "horrible", it's the fact its being called marriage. I have no problem with giving them the same rights as a married couple, but most people see it as a religous thing, and we all know many gay/lesbians do this just to spit in the face of Christianity. I'm all for it as long as its not called marriage.
    For those who attack Christianity.... yes, there is a seperation of church and state.... but do you know what that means? It means the government cannot not be controlled by a religion or endorse. but that doesn't mean that people's morals/opinions cannot be formed by their religious beliefs. If you want to argue with me it's the first amendment. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

    April 7, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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