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-Vermont Legislature Legalizes Gay Marriage

by Dr. D ~ April 7th, 2009

(-Vermont State House via Wikipedia)

The Vermont state legislature overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto today (4/7/09)and approved a bill making same-sex marriage legal in the state. Vermont becomes the 4th state to legalize gay-marriage but the first to do so through legislative action instead of by court ruling.

Vermont was the first state to legalize gay civil unions in 2000, now it joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa as the only states where same-sex marriages are currently legal in the US.

Response: At least this was voted in and not by judicial fiat. This is the first time that a legislature has actually voted it in. Major changes like this should never be imposed by the courts. Still one wonders how the residents of Vermont would have responded in a direct vote.

Interestingly, Vermont already recognized Gay civil unions so the only difference that this bill actually makes is the opportunity to use the word ‘marriage’.

No matter how the state legislature voted, marriage is and will always be defined by God as between a man and a woman.

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2 Responses to -Vermont Legislature Legalizes Gay Marriage

  1. Anonymous

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  2. Allan

    Guys there is a great LGBT civil rights organization called the Empowering Spirits Foundation. They are very creative in how they approach this hot topic issue of gay marriage, in that they engage in service oriented activities in communities typically opposed to equal rights to foster thought and change for LGBT equality.

    A friend of mine told me about it and I thought it was a great, positive approach to the issue. We had so much fun at the last event and it was great to give back to the community. Plus it was great to converse with others on the other side of the table in a way that wasn’t confrontational.

    Anyway, this can be such a heated issue and I thought this was a unique approach.

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