More Than Maple Syrup…Its History

Today, the state of Vermont has proven that it is more independent and more progressive than any other state in the union.  Ten years ago, Vermont became the first state to legalize civil unions.  And though it has become the 4th state to legalize same-sex marriage on this glorious day, it is also the first state to legalized same-sex marriage through the legislative process instead of through the courts.

The legislation had passed both houses of the legislature, but the governor vetoed the legislation.  But earlier today, both houses of the legislature voted to override the governor’s veto.  Same-sex marriage is now legal in the state of Vermont!!

This is a glorious day.  History has truly be made.  And mark this as a new beginning.  No longer are we going to rely solely on the courts.  Now we will challenge the legislatures.  Vermont has proven that Democrats and Republicans can come together for the greater good of all its citizens.  From this point, there is no turning back. We will move forward as one people with one destiny.  And Vermont….today….has lit a new path for us to work with.  Let us rejoice on this glorious day as we have been a part of history being made.

ADDENDUM: (1:36pm 4/8/2009) District of Columbia Council votes to recognize same-sex couple’s out-of-state marriages.  The vote was 12-0 in favor (with one person not voting).  The two bills:  one to recognize same-sex marriages entered outside of DC, and the other to recognize same-sex civil unions or domestic partnerships entered outside of DC.  The mayor of DC is expected to sign them.  Then they both move to the US Congress which has to approve the city’s laws under Home Rule.  If Congress approves, then the President must give his approval as well.  Final votes by the Council are expected on May 5.

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