The bad news however, is that Vermont’s Republican governor, Jim Douglas, opposes the bill and has even called it a “distraction.” And although significant, the House's vote of 95-52 is not enough to override the veto which Douglas has said he intends to bring. In a letter written last week, Douglas asserted, “I believe our civil-union law serves Vermont well and I would support congressional action to extend those benefits at the federal level to states that recognize same-sex unions. But, like President Obama and other leaders on both sides of the aisle, I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman.”
Democratic Vermont Senate President Peter Shumlin, who is the main sponsor of the same-sex marriage bill, has described Douglas’ decision as “cowardly.” He says, “You cannot veto love and commitment between two people. This is a civil-rights issue. It is time for the governor to show some courage.”
Douglas’ override could come as early as next Tuesday. We’ll keep you up-to-date on what happens. As a reminder, only Massachusetts and Connecticut have passed same-sex marriage laws, while several other states have civil-union laws.