Vermont’s Republican governor says he opposes moving the state from civil unions to full marriage equality, although he refuses to say if he’d veto such a bill.
Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas said Thursday he would oppose legislation allowing same-sex marriages, saying the state’s civil unions law is adequate and that lawmakers should be focusing on the state’s money problems.
State Sen. John Campbell says he plans to introduce such legislation in the Legislature’s upcoming session. “I think the current civil union law is sufficient,” Douglas said. “It accords equality of rights to Vermonters in terms of their relationships and I think we should leave the law as it is.” Campbell said the bill is unlikely to gain support in the Legislature unless Douglas gives a clear signal he would sign it – or allow it to become law without his signature.
But Douglas balked at sending any such signal. “I never indicate what I might do when a bill gets to my desk, but I’ve been quite clear that I don’t support the legislation,” said Douglas, a Republican.