Vermont: Same Sex Marriage Passes! Historic Moment as Legislature Overthrows Governor’s Veto

vermont_roadsign.thumbnail.jpgThere will be a reason other than apples, maple syrup, and the leaves changing to visit Vermont this fall. Vermont legislators voted in equal marriage!

In an historic move, just moments ago the Vermont House of Representatives voted 100-49 to override Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto, following this morning’s earlier vote of 23-5 by the Senate. Vermont is the first state to recognize marriage for same-sex couples through the legislative process. The law goes into effect Sept 1.

Says Vermont radio personality Darwin, who hosts a top-rated morning show on alt-rock station WEQX credits the passing to

Yankee individualism and Birkenstocks, the one thing that unites the Democrats and Republicans in Vermont.

Darwin, who is out and proud on-air and off, and his partner are having a July wedding in Massachusetts (where his partner is a legal resident), but today’s ruling has made him thrilled for Vermont residents and hopeful that the rest of the country will soon follow. He adds:

Damn, it’s too late for my wedding plans, but it’s great to work in a state where our elected officials understand the basic human rights and didn’t have to go through the court process to go there. The cows need to move over because the gays are coming!

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.