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Posted by on Apr 7, 2009 in At TMV | 74 comments

Vermont Legalizes Gay Marriage

Reuters:

Vermont lawmakers on Tuesday overrode a veto from the governor in passing a bill that would allow same-sex marriage, clearing the way for the state to become the fourth in the nation where gay marriage is legal.

The Vermont House of Representatives passed the bill by a 100-49 vote after it cleared the state Senate 23-5 earlier in the day. In Vermont, a bill needs two-thirds support in each chamber to override a veto.

To override the veto, the House needed a minimum of 100 votes. That’s what they got. John Aravosis quotes the Human Rights Campaign:

“This historic vote in the Vermont legislature reminds us of the incredible progress being made toward equality. Less than five years ago, lesbian and gay couples began marrying in Massachusetts. Now, with the Iowa court decision last Friday and today’s vote in Vermont, there will be four states recognizing the right to marry for loving, committed lesbian and gay couples,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. “We congratulate Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, Speaker of the House Shap Smith, the other legislators who voted for marriage, the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, and MassEquality for ensuring that all couples will now enjoy the freedom to marry in Vermont. This is a law that will strengthen families and give meaning to the promise of equal rights for all.”

State by state legislation info is here. And do not miss Nate Silver’s 538 post calculating the odds of states passing constitutional same sex marriage bans. He looks at 30 attempts to come up with a fascinating state-by-state prediction.

The finding? By 2012, almost half of the 50 states would vote against a marriage ban. In Vermont, says Silver, that time is now!

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