Wednesday, April 1, 2009

UPDATE 4/1/09: Vermont House Takes Up Same-Sex Marriage Bill

UPDATE 4/1/09: The Vermont House of Representatives is scheduled to debate and vote on the same-sex marriage bill S. 115 TOMORROW. Vermont Freedom to Marry is calling for numerous action steps to do overnight and tomorrow. Check it out!

UPDATE: With an 8-2 vote,
Vermont's same-sex marriage bill moves through the House Judiciary Committee and will now go to the floor for a vote this Thursday.
Earlier this week, Vermont's senate passed the same-sex marriage bill, and today the state's House takes up their version.


MONTPELIER – There was a sense of déjà vu as former Rep. Tom Little testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon on the same-sex marriage bill quickly moving through the Vermont Legislature.

Little, a Shelburne Republican, was chairman of that committee nine years ago when it passed the first-in-the-nation civil union law.

Now, Little was back before the panel as the 11-member body kicked off its deliberations on the same-sex marriage bill, which was easily approved by the Vermont Senate in a 26-4 vote on Monday.

"I've learned a lot in the last eight-and-a-half years," Little told the committee. "I think that gay and lesbian couples, under Act 91, have been more open and received more legal recognition in Vermont."

Read the rest of the article here.

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