Vermont Senate Gets It Right03.24.09
Vermont Senate votes overwhelmingly in favor of gay marriage.
It’s not law yet, but it’s a damn good start.
I agree with Andrew Sullivan that this is a better way for gay marriage to become legalized than through the courts. These are elected officials acting on behalf of their constituency. And they are doing so within the realm of the law, as opposed to something like Prop 8 which is just a bunch of homophobic and/or confused and ignorant people voting for discrimination.
That being said, I would still take winning gay marriage through the court system. I don’t think that Roe v. Wade diminishes the validity or impact of the abortion issue simply because it was decided by a court case instead of legislation. One of the amazing parts of the American government is the court system.
The Vermont Senate has enough yea votes to override a veto from the Republican governor, assuming that the House also approves the bill. Which it is expected to do.
The tide is turning. Hopefully in the near future we can see enough states adopt this stance and it will force the federal government to repeal DOMA. One step at a time…