Vermont has become the fourth state in the Union to legalize gay marriage! This happened literally minutes ago, on the heels of Iowa’s decision last week to extend marriage rights to LGBT individuals.
It happened in somewhat dramatic fashion — as promised, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed the bill after it passed both the Vermont House and Senate, and though the Senate easily overrode the veto by achieving a 2/3 majority, there was speculation the Vermont House could not reach that same 2/3 threshold. However, just moments ago, it did so with a 100-49 vote. If just one of those 100 House members hadn’t shown the courage to stand for LGBT rights, the veto would have carried, and LGBT individuals in Vermont would not have been granted the right to marry. Today, though, those 100 displayed courage and did the right thing, and we’ve doubled the number of states in the Union allowing gay marriage from this time last week.
Again, an incredible week, and a historic week. We’re obviously very, very happy for our friends in Iowa and now Vermont.