"Breaking: Vermont legislature overrides veto, becomes first state to pass marriage equality through legislation."
Yesterday, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) vetoed a bill legalizing gay marriage that passed the state legislature last week. Now the legislature has voted to override Douglas’ veto: The Senate voted 23-5 in favor of the override, and the House voted 100-49. Vermont joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa as the only states where gay marriage is legal, and Vermont is the first state to approve gay marriage through the legislature.
The Human Rights Campaign’s blog rounds up some statements from elected officials in Vermont.
,CAPAF Senior Vice President Winnie Stachelberg congratulated Vermont Freedom to Marry and said that Vermont’s action “highlights the growing consensus in American public opinion in support of relationship recognition for same-sex couples.”