Thursday, March 19, 2009

UPDATE 3/19/09: Hearings on Vermont Same-Sex Marriage Bill Begin Today

UPDATE 3/19/09: "Gay Marriage Hearing Draws Crowds in Vermont"

UPDATE: An update on the hearings in Vermont.

Vermont, the first state in the country to offer civil unions, is now turning its attention to gay marriage. On the heels of numerous high-profile endorsements for gay marriage from different professional groups in Vermont, and a new study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law that predicted gay marriage would generate $31 million for the Vermont economy over the next three years, it seemed the natural step to consider a bill allowing gays to marry.

Senate Judiciary Committee in Vermont will open five days of hearings on gay marriage legislation today. Later this week on Wednesday evening, a public hearing will be held at the statehouse in Montpelier. (Full schedule of hearings here)

Democratic leaders in the legislature are confident they have enough votes to pass the legislation; however, it remains unclear whether they can obtain a veto-proof majority. Governor Jim Douglas, a Republican, has said he opposes the legislation.

The senate judiciary committee expects to vote the gay marriage legislation out on Friday.

Get involved at Vermont Freedom to Marry!

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