Vermont legalizes gay marriage

The minimum vote needed passed the bill that overrides Governor Jim Douglas’ veto on gay marriage in Vermont Tuesday. That vote was followed by the Senate’s vote of 23-5 in favor of the bill.

Vermont is the latest state to legalize gay marriage. It is also the first state to do so with a legislature’s vote.

Vermont was the first state to allow for same-sex couples to have legal civil unions. It follows Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gays the right to marry.

AP reports:

“What really disappoints me is that we have spent some time on an issue during which another thousand Vermonters have lost their jobs,” the governor said Tuesday. “We need to turn out attention to balancing a budget without raising taxes, growing the economy, putting more people to work.”

As the bill becomes law one former Representative is especially happy. Robert Dostis and his partner Chuck Kletecka has been trying since 1992 to change the laws.

AP reports:

“It’s been a very long battle. It’s been almost 20 years to get to this point,” Dostis said. “I think finally, most people in Vermont understand that we’re a couple like any other couple. We’re as good and as bad as any other group of people. And now I think we have a chance to prove ourselves here on forward that we’re good members of our community.”

The couple will have been together for 25 years in September.

Kletecka asked his partner if his statements was a proposal. The reply was a positive one.

“Yeah,” Dostis replied. “Twenty-five years together, I think it’s time we finally got married.”

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