Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Vermont Governor Shadowed by Pro-Equality Supporters

Associated Press - March 29, 2009 3:15 PM ET

POULTNEY, Vt. (AP) - Gay marriage supporters have been shadowing Gov. Jim Douglas since his announcement last week that he intends to veto same-sex marriage legislation if it reaches his desk.

Roughly 200 protesters greeted the governor and his wife when they showed up at Green Mountain College for a maple sugaring event Saturday. The crowd watched quietly, sang or chanted while Douglas used a hand-cranked drill to tap a tree in an arboretum decorated with rainbow ribbons.

Douglas did not address the crowd or respond to the protesters. He has said he believes marriage should be the union of a man and woman and complained that lawmakers were being distracted by the issue from addressing the state's reeling economy and budget woes.

4 comments:

John said...

"...complained that lawmakers were being distracted by the issue from addressing the state's reeling economy and budget woes. "

What a lame excuse. Just because he can't fart and chew gum at the same time doesn't mean the legislature can't multi-task.

pngwnz said...

Hmm goodness. It seems that the maple sugaring event is an event he feels worth distracting lawmakers - such as himself ??!?

Interesting that he did not mention anything about the rainbow ribbons - actually sounds like they were beautiful.

Gay marriage - paying for weddings - paying for ceremonies - paying for parties and gifts, etc - possibly o n e way to address/help the state's reeling economy and budget woes ..... (one would think so.)

jelly said...

lol...lame is right.
One would think the legislature could do it all!

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

That's a REALLY great point, I'm sending it to VT Freedom to Marry so they can add this to the pressure they are applying.

Thanks Pngwnz!