Another giant step in the battle for equal rights was just taken, when the courageous legislators in Vermont overrode the Governor's veto of a same-sex bill this morning.
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A ten-year battle to grant same sex couples the legal right to marry culminated in a dramatic political showdown Tuesday at the Statehouse with the house voting to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill.Now it remains to be seen if the Connecticut legislature can possibly work with the same decisiveness as their Vermont counterparts. You can expect howling from the religious right in response, because their entire philosophy is based not upon the worship of their god, but making everyone else conform to their own beliefs.
The House voted 100-49 to override the veto Tuesday. The vote tally was greeted by rousing applause in the House chamber.
The state House and Senate sent the bill to the Governor’s office Monday evening where, as expected, it met with rejection.
The Senate began the override debate at about 10 a.m. as lobbying continued in the House chambers nearby. "This is our moment," Sen. Peter Shumlin told senate members as the Senate debate began.
The debate was short as the Senate voted to override Douglas' veto 23-5.
And Vermont governor Jim Douglas will forever be remembered as the coward who tried to veto civil rights.