Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage

04/07/09 5:54PM By Ross Sneyd

AP Photo/Toby Talbot
Gov. Jim Douglas holds a news conference following the passage of a gay marriage bill in Montpelier, Vt., Tuesday, April 7

(Smith) "Please listen to the results of your vote. Those voting, `Yes,' 100; those voting, `No,' 49"

(Host) With those words, Vermont became the fourth state in the nation to legalize marriages between same-sex couples today.

Speaker Shap Smith announced the result of the override vote to a packed House chamber. Supporters immediately erupted into cheers and applause.

Vermont is the first state to enact same-sex marriage without a court ordering it.

And lawmakers did it by overcoming a veto of the bill by Governor Jim Douglas. It was only the seventh time in the state's history that the Legislature had overridden a veto.

Douglas says he did what he felt was right - but he respects the Legislature's decision.

(Douglas) "I cast my vote against it and I believe many Vermonters share my view. The process has worked through in a different direction and we'll now live with that and look to the future and deal with many of the pressing issues affecting Vermonters.''







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