The history of this issue goes back a long way in Vermont. Several years ago Vermont became the first state in the U.S to legalize civil unions for gay couples, which supposedly allotted the same rights traditional married couples have to gays. The issue since then has been that very few states recognize civil unions outside of Vermont; in other words, were a gay couple to get a civil union and move outside the state of VT, their union would not longer be considered as a marriage.
Right now, Gov. Jim Douglas has already said he will veto this new bill, which would recognize gay marriage the same way the state recognizes traditional marriages. The bill has passed in the Senate and has moved into the House Judiciary Committee.
It's uncertain what exactly will happen here; the veto can be overridden by the House by a 2/3 vote, but many speculate as to whether or not the House can get that kind of support.
What are your thoughts? My opinions aside, I know this is a huge issue for many Vermonters, both for those who are for gay marriage and against it, and it will be interesting to see the outcome.
I'm very, very much in support of gay marriage. I'm not optimistic about this bill, but I really hope it passes. Honestly, the only strong argument against gay marriage is religious and the US has separation of church and state. If something is against my beliefs but I am not being forced to do it and it's not harming me, then what right do I have to deny it to others? Just my two cents.
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