Tuesday, April 7, 2009

MA, CT, IA -- and now VT!

Today Vermont joined Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa in allowing gay marriage, and they did so in dramatic fashion.
Vermont on Tuesday became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a legislature's vote.

The House recorded a dramatic 100-49 vote — the minimum needed — to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto. Its vote followed a much easier override vote in the Senate, which rebuffed the Republican governor with a vote of 23-5.
Step by step, little by little, this country is ending the segregation that holds an entire community of people at a lesser level than the rest of the humans. Years from now, once marriage equality is universal -- and federal -- history will look back on these battles and wonder why anyone could possibly object to extending basic human rights to all people. But in the meantime, these victories are sweet. The ball is rolling, and I'm looking forward to it picking up some speed soon.

UPDATE: DC jumps on board!

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Keera said...

Y'know, it drives me nuts that one of the most liberal states in the union - my native California - isn't leading the pack on removing this segregation. But, like you, I am happy that the ball is rolling.

Andrew said...

I too am encouraged when victories are won against segregation and bigotry.

My own experience and W.E.B. Dubois opened my eyes a couple dozen years ago about these demons of exclusion.

My little (enormous) "second-class" group (people with disabilities) applauds and envies the strides made by the LGBT community. If only we could get on the radar screen...(sigh)

Keep up the good work, Alice.

tut-tut said...

Can true equality be reached—soon?!

but Keera, is California truly a liberal state? there are vast pockets of pretty right wingers.

alice said...

It's definitely time for one of the warmer states to give it up for the gays -- at this point, any homosexuals wanting to get married have to live in one of the cold weather states, and that's not cool at all! I always expected California to be out in front on the issue, but now I'm thinking the first mild climate state may have to be in the desert region -- New Mexico, maybe?

Sadly, my adopted home, the American Southeast, will probably be the last to come around... ::sigh:: (Surprise! What you get when you have crappy schools is ignorant citizens!)

Keera said...

Tut-tut, the coasts generally are more liberal than the middle of the country, with New York and California leading the liberal pack, but oddly[1], not in this case.

[1]We may be seeing the replacement of the Southern Democrat: Voting D to get benefits but consistently conservative about civil rights.