Friday, March 20, 2009
Vermont Moves Closer to Marriage Equality
I just received an email from John regarding the vote in the Vermont legislative judiciary committee, 5-0 to go forward for a vote of the general assembly next week. This coincides with New Hampshire who is also voting next week on their own marriage equality bill, HB436. Maine legislators have also committed themselves to voting on marriage equality before the close of their legislative session, which would make this a very good year indeed for those who support an end to discrimination. It seems the race to follow Massachusetts into equality in America is on once again! My friend Mike over at MassMarrier has the links to the Burlington news.
It seems I was right all along, the inherent goodness in all people is coming out and supporting true equality for all. These changes will undoubtedly have a ripple effect in other states where they do not yet have equality, and it will serve as a reminder to New York as well as California to get with the program.
People should never expect to vote away their neighbor's rights, it's unconstitutional, and just plain vulgar. But let's not digress, let's celebrate our victories. Congratulations Vermont, your about to know what it feels like to be true and equal citizens at least from the state government's view! Thank you!
UPDATE 3/24/09: MassMarrier has more on the subject with a new article explaining the current status of the marriage equality vote in Vermont. The State Senate passed the bill onto the House in a courageous vote of 26 to 4! It is important to note that if the House of representatives passes by the same measure it will be veto-proof. The Governor has not expressed whether he intends on signing, nt signing or will veto marriage equality in his state if given the opportunity. Perhaps now is a time to call him and express your concern:
Governor Jim Douglas can be reached at 802 828-3333.
The four senators who voted against the measure are: Randy Brock (R-Franklin County), Vince Illuzzi (R-Essex/Orleans), Hull Maynard (R-Rutland County) and Bobby Starr (D-Essex/Orleans).