Gay Marriage Legalized in Vermont

Well, maybe I should look into Vermont for a post-grad destination. The Vermont legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Jim Douglas to legalize marriage for the state's gays and lesbians. According to

The Senate voted 23-5 to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto, according to the Senate office. Shortly afterward, the House overrode the veto on a 100-49 vote. The votes surpassed the number needed -- two-thirds of those present -- to override the veto.

The action makes Vermont the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriages. The others are Massachusetts, Connecticut and, as of last week, Iowa.

The Human Rights Campaign, which describes itself as the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, issued a statement applauding the votes, noting Vermont is the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through the legislative process.

"This historic vote in the Vermont Legislature reminds us of the incredible progress being made toward equality," said Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign president, in the statement. "Less than five years ago, lesbian and gay couples began marrying in Massachusetts. Now, with the Iowa court decision last Friday and today's vote in Vermont, there will be four states recognizing the right to marry for loving, committed lesbian and gay couples."

Vermont was the first state to legalize civil unions for same-sex couple in 2000. Marriages for gay couples will take effect on September 1st. In related good news, the Washington D.C. council voted today to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.