Today the Vermont House Judiciary Committee voted 8-2 to advance their marriage equality bill to a full House vote. However, an amendment was added to the bill which stipulates specific exemptions for religious institutions that do not wish to perform same-sex weddings. This means that upon the bill’s approval by the full Vermont House, it must either return to the state Senate for re-approval or be approved by a joint chamber committee. The Senate approved the first version of the bill last week.
And round and round we go.