Vermont Votes (Take 1): Gay Marriage En Route


Following Wednesday’s townhall meeting, Vermont’s five-member Senate Judiciary Committee is today expected to vote on whether the gay marriage bill before it should go to a full Senate vote. It’s expected to pass; three members helped enact Vermont’s civil unions law, one junior member co-sponsored the gay marriage bill, and one member voted against the civil unions measure. And even better news comes from Gov. Jim Douglas, who’s said he opposed full gay marriage rights, but now laments, “Since they seem intent on doing this, I think the better approach is to get it over with quickly.” Update: The bill passes, 5-0. [BFP]

Pictured: Democratic Rep. Mark Larson, who co-sponsored the bill with David Zuckerman, speaks to gay marriage supporters