VT Senate to take up same-sex marriage on Monday

03/23/09 6:34AM

The Vermont Senate has set a special session for Monday when it is slated to take up a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted five to nothing on Friday. If the bill becomes law it would move the first state to adopt civil unions to full marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

A public hearing on the issue last Wednesday drew more than 500 people to the Statehouse.

Supporters say it's time to allow full marriage equality for same-sex couples.

Opponents, including Governor Jim Douglas, say they think the traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman should be preserved.

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