Vermont Legislature Legalizes Gay Marriage

The Vermont Legislature voted today to override Governor Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill which would allow gays and lesbians to marry. The override makes Vermont the  “fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature’s vote.”

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.

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.

This is an awesome victory for Gay marriage advocates.

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