April 7th, 2009
04:33 PM ET

With veto overrides, Vermont legalizes same-sex marriage

Program Note: Tune in tonight for more details from Jeffrey Toobin about legalizing same-sex marriage in America on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

Vermont's House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

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.


soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Nick

    Way to Go Vermont!

    Because this was overwhelmingly approved by both houses of their legislature, the conservatives cannot blame activist judges! This was the peoples choice!

    April 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  2. Maren in Oregon

    Four down and 46 to go. It's daunting, but doable. Congratualtions Vermont! .

    April 7, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  3. Steve

    Yay for equal rights! Congrats Vermont! Maybe you can convince some Texans next?

    April 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  4. Timothy Gibson

    The fight for democratic equality through out the world is one of failure when the same democracy and freedom is not enjoyed by the those who fight to spread the freedom.

    Water boarding of American citizens through violation of natural and civil rights cannot continue. The GLBT community will push forward in our battle for calvary, for honor, and for equality.

    Prop. 8 has become the weakest link in the fight for spiritual death as the will of God. We will march forward and be glorified.

    Next stop, main street USA.

    April 7, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  5. A proud Mom in Arizona

    Way to go Vermont!!!! Looks like your voices were heard. Thanks to those who made the trek to the State Capitol in March to show their support of the bill. Thanks also to those who were proud to show their support at the Tree Taping at Green Mountain College. I am proud of all of you. I do have to give a special 'shout' to my daughter Melissa who was one of the people that played a huge role in organizing the demonstration at GMC in a short amount of time. Melissa, I am so proud of you and your courage for supporting what is right even against enormous opposition. There is so much that I can learn from you!!!!

    April 7, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  6. Jim

    Why Don't you legalise everything & be done with it?

    April 7, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  7. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    It's good to know some states value basic human rights for all people, not just the ones deemed worthy. Kudos to Vermont and Iowa for being open minded enough to accept all their citizens. It's about time everyone followed the leaders here.

    April 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  8. vastvariety

    @RLWellman God's word should never be legislated because not everyone believes in the same god.

    April 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  9. joseph

    What a more solid and executed judgment to show the world that not only are we falling as a nation founded on christian beliefs but now, we are repeating history all over again. Look at our past history and what God did to nations who forgot about him. This should be a wake up call to all America that if we keep pushing out our creator and all we think about is ourselves then there will be much to pay. we need to remember that its never really been about us, it's always been about Him. If not, then where would any of us be ? I want many things but that does not make it right.

    April 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  10. RLWellman

    Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa marriage is between a man and a women, not man and man or women and women according to God's Word. Look at what happened to Sodom and Gommorah. They also believed the same as you do now. Stop while you have a chance.

    April 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  11. Fay - California

    Wonderful news. Bravo to Vermont's House and Senate for overriding the governor's veto and congratulations to all the same sex couples in that state who wish to marry.

    April 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  12. carl hood

    New York, Chicago, and especially California are no longer the progressive forefront of America. Iowa has proven that the political map has indeed changed...for the better! Congrats Iowa and Vermont!

    April 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  13. Brandon

    Simply amazing. I only hope other states will fall in line and put their bigotry or zeal to force their religious views upon others aside. Equality is on the rise!

    April 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  14. Emily, NYC

    That's 4 states now and 46 more to go! The right to marry whether you're straight or gay should be legal nationwide.

    April 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  15. mike

    Great news! Speaking as a Canadian who has enjoyed legal same sex marriage in our country for about five years I just have to say don't worry naysayers. God did not smite Canada for doing this, it hasn't destroyed our way of life and there have not been a flood of marriages. It just means that all Canadians have the same rights now when it comes to marriage. And really after five years it is hard to understand what all the fuss was about. This is about equal rights not special rights. It may be time to move on and address more serious issues in your great country like say the economy or the war in Iraq.

    April 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  16. Joseph in New York

    Every state is a step closer.

    This is a sign of the times - a GOOD sign of the times.

    April 7, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Evelyn

    Shouldnt this just be automatic? Whether a person believes it should be legal or not, isnt it discrimination to deny one group of people the same rights the rest of us have?

    April 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  18. Vast

    There goes that theory that it's just dictatorial activist judges.
    Grats to Vermont from the state of Iowa.

    April 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  19. Omar Alvarado

    46 more States to go! Congratulations Vermont! ♥

    April 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  20. Johann

    I don't go that way, Vermont! 🙁

    April 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  21. Annie Kate

    Going one state at a time its going to take some time to get same sex marriage legal in all states. Too bad it can't be done on the federal level.

    April 7, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  22. Deborah in Blue Springs, MO

    Bravo. In a world where governments are failing, soldiers are dying, drug cartels have hijacked our economy, and the planet is lashing back at us for our environmental inaction, I hardly think We the People should concern ourselves over two people falling in love and want to legally marry.
    Really, why haven't we figured out this equality issue yet?!
    Bravo, Vermont!

    April 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  23. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Way to go Vermont! XO

    April 7, 2009 at 4:38 pm |