Vermont fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage

04/07/09 12:00PM By Melody Bodette
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Gay marriage advocate Beth Robinson, center, holds back tears following the passage of a gay marriage bill in Montpelier, Vt., Tuesday, April 7

(Robinson) We've shown that truth and fairness and justice and love are more powerful than one man's veto pen (Cheers).

(Host) Same sex marriage advocate Beth Robinson after Vermont became the fourth state in the nation to legalize same sex marriage. It's the first state to succeed with a marriage law through legislative action - not the courts.

Both the House and Senate passed motions to override Governor Jim Douglas's veto of the legislation. As expected, the Senate voted 23 to 5 in favor of an override.  The measure passed by a much closer vote in the House. Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith reads results:

(Smith) "Please listen to the results of your vote, those voting yes 100, those voting no, 49. 100 needed to pass, you have voted to override the veto. (Cheers) the House will come to order!"

(Host) The House needed 100 votes to reach the two-thirds majority to override a veto.
The legalization of marriage for gay and lesbian couples comes nine years after Vermont adopted its first-in-the-nation civil unions law.

Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa have also approved same sex marriage through the court system.

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