Ellen Andersen

Vermont Takes Step Toward Marriage Equality

Filed By Ellen Andersen | March 20, 2009 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: gay marriage, LGBT community, marriage equality, marriage politics, New Jersey, same-sex marriage, Vermont

This just in: early this morning, Vermont's Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to support S. 115, which would permit same-sex couples to marry in Vermont starting on September 1st. The full Senate is expected to vote on the bill Monday.

It's still got a long way to go. It needs to pass the House, of course, and then make it through the Governor's office. I'd put my money on that being the most likely sticking point. Governor Douglas has indicated that he's not interested in signing the bill if it comes to his desk, but he also hasn't said that he intends to veto it. The bill might well become law without his signature.

On a related note, I attended the very crowded public hearing on S. 115 earlier this week and being the geeky academic that I am, I spent the hearing writing down all the various arguments and rhetorical tropes employed by the witnesses. I'll blog on that once I've had the chance to digest it a little bit.

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Awesome for VT!

I'd love to read what sorts of arguments were made. I've been watching some of the videos that Vermont Freedom to Marry has been putting up, but there's a lot of video up there.

Off topic - Dan Parker says to tell you hello. Ran into him at the Stonewall Democrats fundraiser today. ;) I sent him your regards, of course.