As expected, Governor Jim Douglas vetoed Vermont's same-sex marriage bill. His full statement:
Gov. Jim Douglas Veto Statement
Don't get me started on how angry this statement makes me. The argument that even if the bill were to become law, federal benefits would still be denied to same-sex couples in Vermont (and state benefits would be denied in other states that don't recognize such marriages) and as a result, no point to the bill, is such a cop out.
Isn't the governor responsible for only Vermont? He needs to fix his own state before being concerned about what's outside his borders. But like so many who oppose same-sex marriage, the governor hides behind children and grandchildren, in the last paragraph of his statement, to mask his prejudice. I feel badly for those children.
Tomorrow, both the Senate and House are expected to vote on overriding the veto. Though the Senate should easily do so, it is unclear whether or not the House has enough votes.
Many House Democrats have expressed their intention to vote to override the veto because of the disrespectful actions of Governor Douglas with regards to this bill. That could mean that all eleven of those who voted against the initial bills will vote to override Douglas’ veto. Opponents of same-sex marriage have been lobbying hard for the six Republicans who voted in support of the bill.
See a quick video of the governor making a statement at NG Blog about his faith and religion being the factor in his veto.
Vermont Freedom to Marry is urging people to contact Vermont representatives to urge them to override the veto.
Also, they are planning to rally at the statehouse tomorrow morning.
The veto override vote is expected at 9am EST/6am PST for the Senate and 10:30am EST/7:30am PST for the House.