Alright, this is part 2 in my series on gay marriage. For my blog post disagreeing with the Iowa Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, click here. Now, in contrast, we have the state of Vermont, whose legislature overrode their Governor’s veto on a gay marriage bill. And while I disagree with the legislature on this issue, I honor the fact that they legalized marriage through fair legal processes instead of having a judge or a court butcher the law in order to get gay marriage legalized.
Last week, both the Vermont House of Representatives and Senate voted for the bill (S. 115). There’s no record of the Senate voting on it originally (the rules were suspended and it was sent to the House), but the House voted 94-52 for the bill. That was 4 votes shy of overriding the Governor’s veto. Governor Jim Douglas then vetoed the bill, but some House members switched over and the result of the vote “Shall the bill pass the failure of the Governor to sign not withstanding?” (on April 7th) was 100-49 (the bare minimum needed for it to reach the 2/3 threshold). The same motion (worded “Shall the bill pass, notwithstanding the refusal of the Governor to approve the bill?”) easily passed the Senate earlier that day, 23-5.
I’m not going to post it here, because it’s 11 pages long, but if you’re interested in reading the bill, you can find it here: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2010/bills/Passed/S-115.pdf.
Again, I personally disagree with the bill, but it is Vermont’s right to legalize gay marriage. As I said in my last post, I am opposed to the federal government legislating marriage, whether that means banning or legalizing gay marriage (unless the Constitution is amended, in which case, federal government intervention would be legal, but I would still think it’s the federal government getting involved where it doesn’t need to be / shouldn’t be).
Most likely, this legalization will stick, since I don’t see Vermont passing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (but like I said earlier, I think Iowa will).