The Legislature voted today 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.
So, this now raises the question; New York, what are you waiting for? All of our neighbors to the East; Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut are doing it – why is New York (of all places!) still discriminating against its LGBTQ citizens?
Any thoughts or suggestions for what we here in the Empire State should do next? We’d love to hear them, and if we can help to organize efforts, just let us know.