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Tuesday, April 07, 2009


Vermont legalizes gay marriage

In somewhat of a surprise (not the original vote, but the veto override), the Vermont legislature has legalized gay marriage in that state. I doubt this comes as news to my readers. I comment mainly because I got a laugh out of this:
Craig Bensen, a gay marriage opponent who had lobbied unsuccessfully for a nonbinding referendum on the question, said he was disappointed but believed gay marriage opponents were outspent by supporters by a 20-1 margin.

"The other side had a highly funded, extremely well-oiled machine with all the political leadership except the governor pushing to make this happen," he said. "The fact that it came down to this tight a vote is really astounding."
Yes, it was really a "tight vote" - 100-49 vote in the House and 23-5 in the Senate. Most people would call this a landslide. But here in the land of the undemocratic filibuster and veto, they call it a "tight vote."

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