Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Big Change

Vermont just legalized same-sex marriage. Although Vermont now becomes the fourth state in which same-sex marriage is legal (joining Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa), Vermont is really first in any extremely significant way: Vermont becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through a democratic vote of the state's elected representatives. The legislature even had enough votes to override a gubenatorial veto.

Previously, conservatives have been able to argue that the public doesn't want same-sex marriage and that unelected judges are forcing it upon them through constitutional rulings. Now, one of the states of the union has voted to adopt same-sex marraige by ordinary democratic processes. This is a very significant step.

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