Vermont Legislature Votes Overwhelmingly in Favor of Gay Marriage

April 7, 2009

Breaking news:   Vermont has just made history by becoming the first state to legalize gay marriage through the legislative process.  The legislature voted to override Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing gay marriages by an overwhelming margin: the vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. The state now joins Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa as the only states to allow same-sex marriages. 

It will be interesting to see how right wing religionists react to this development.  Typically, they argue that court-imposed gay marriage rights are a sham, because they override the traditional democratic, legislative process.  (Apparently there is nothing wrong with deciding the basic rights of oppressed minorities by majority vote.)  The Family Research Council, for instance,   reacted with these words to last Friday’s decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage (see my   previous blog entry for more on that decision):

  Although liberals are celebrating the victory, same-sex "marriage" continues to be a movement driven by the liberal and judicial elite—not the American people. Four courts have managed to legalize same-sex "marriage," but none has done so democratically.

What new,   post hoc rationalization will FRC and their brethren formulate in response to the Vermont legislature’s overwhelming democratic vote?  Time will only tell.  Stay tuned . . .



#1 Tony Sidaway (Guest) on Tuesday April 07, 2009 at 2:49pm

I know how most religionists will react: “Vermont, meh, it’s practically Canada anyway.”

Only when other legislatures follow suit, as they will in time, will the truth dawn.

#2 RevEl on Tuesday April 07, 2009 at 6:40pm

How will the lunatics react?  Here it is in their own words:

Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for Liberty Counsel, poses this question: “How long can a nation founded on the laws of nature and nature’s God expect to find favor in his eyes when we continue to mock God?”
Vermont’s decision, he believes, sends waves throughout the country—including the nation’s capitol. “I believe that the purveyors of evil around the country feel emboldened right now with the current political climate in Washington, DC,” Barber states, what with both the Oval Office and Congress inhabited by “people who are bent on thumbing their nose at God.”
Barber believes states without constitutional amendments to protect marriage need to speed the process. In addition, he warns that if the Obama administration is successful in overturning the Defense of Marriage Act, even conservative states may have to recognize homosexual marriages legal in other jurisdictions.
Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council closely monitored the vote. “It’s particularly disappointing that there were at least three legislators who betrayed the institution of marriage by switching their vote,” Sprigg laments. “Fifty-two had voted against this bill last week. That would have been enough to sustain the veto—but only 49 voted against it [on Tuesday].” He suggests that Vermont voters may want to keep those individuals in mind when they come up for re-election.

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I think the lunatics are about to get a little testy.  They don’t see that sane people, one way or another, are emancipating themselves, becoming more human, more enlightened.  The only thing they see is their god being “mocked.”  That’s the worst thing that could possibly happen for all of us.  When these idiots feel their god is being mocked,” all bets are off the table.  There’s really no telling what the fools might do…. and, as we know, they’re capable of some really cruel shit.
  ~Rev. El

#3 Ophelia Benson on Friday April 10, 2009 at 4:31pm

“It’s particularly disappointing that there were at least three legislators who betrayed the institution of marriage by switching their vote,“

Oh poooor institution of marriage - it must be crying into its little pillow.

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