Vermont senate approved same-sex marriage bill

On March 23, 2009, the Vermont Senate approved An Act to Protect Religious Freedom and Promote Equality in Civil Marriage [PDF], which legalized same-sex marriage in that state. Only two states — Massachusetts and Connecticut — had approved of same-sex marriage at the time, and Governor Jim Douglas vowed to veto the bill. The Senate passed the bill with a 26-4 vote, and the House of Representatives approbated it by a 95-52 margin. Governor Douglas followed through by vetoing the bill, but the legislature responded by overriding the veto and enacting the bill into law.

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.

 

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