Tag Archives: Vermont

The Cost Of Equality

Newly released documents reveal that pro-marriage equality advocates outspent the opposition in Vermont by more than 7-1. The leading proponent of Vermont’s gay marriage bill spent about $294,000 on lobbying and advertising in advance of the Legislature’s vote — more than seven times as much as opponents did, according to disclosure forms filed Monday. Through its task force and an …

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NYC: Vermont Celebration At Union Square

Wayne Anderson at World Of Wonder has a great set of photos from last night’s Vermont celebration here in NYC.

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PhoboQuotable – Matt Barber

“How long can a nation founded on the laws of nature and nature’s God expect to find favor in his eyes when we continue to mock God? I believe that the purveyors of evil around the country feel emboldened right now with the current political climate in Washington, DC,” Barber states, what with both the Oval Office and Congress inhabited …

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NYC: Vermont Celebration Tonight

Vermonters and fans will gather in NYC’s Union Square tonight at 6:30PM for a celebration of yesterday’s approval of same-sex marriage. Civil Rights Front is organizing, so expect more wacky fun like at Friday’s Iowa celebration. I’m told there will be cake!

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Freepers React To Vermont

Since you asked…… -“I await the volcanoes, the tsunamis, the hurricanes and hopefully, the destruction of Vt and its pacifist secular socialism by the Lord. I actually do want it to happen with good Americans being protected as we see in the OT, when God protects believers that do good and trust the Lord. Since VT doesn’t seem to believe …

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Vermonters Really Earned Their Freedom To Marry Today

Today’s victory in Vermont didn’t materialize out of thin air – it took years and years of tireless work by local and national activists who had to sit down over and over again with legislators, business leaders, and clergy to educate them about our issues. At the top of the “Thank You” list should be Vermont Freedom To Marry. How …

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Vermont APPROVES Marriage Equality!

By a vote of 100-49 the Vermont House of Representatives has overridden Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto! Marriage equality comes to Vermont! The fourth state to approve same-sex marriage, Vermont is the first to do so legislatively, rather than by judicial fiat. California’s legislature approved same-sex marriage twice, but was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. GO VERMONT!

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Watch Vermont’s Override Attempt

The Vermont House and Senate will vote today on the attempted override of Gov. Jim Douglas’ marriage equality veto. Watch it live here. The vote to override the veto will start Tuesday morning in the Senate, where a 26-4 vote on the bill itself indicates an override is likely. The House vote, possibly later this morning, will be more dramatic. …

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Vermont Gov Vetoes Marriage Bill

As expected. Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for an override vote by the legislature. Mr. Douglas, a Republican, announced in March that he would veto the bill, which the Senate passed overwhelmingly and the House of Representatives approved 96 to 52. The Vermont House only needs five more votes to override …

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VT: Marriage Veto Could Come Today

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas could issue his veto of marriage equality as early as today. The bill passed the state House on Friday and will be reconsidered as a formality tomorrow by both chambers due to new language exempting churches from sanctifying gay unions. The state Senate has more than enough votes to override a veto, but the fight will …

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Tonight In NYC: Iowa/VT Marriage Rally

Marriage equality activists will gather at 6:30pm tonight in NYC’s Union Square to react to the decisions by the Iowa Supreme Court and Vermont’s House of Representatives. The Iowa decision is expected to be posted online here by 9:30am Eastern time. Vermont’s House is expected to formalize last night’s vote sometime in mid-afternoon. Join the Facebook group The Power here.

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BREAKING: Vermont House Approves Marriage Equality Bill 95-52

After four hours of heated debate, late tonight Vermont’s House of Representatives approved marriage equality tonight by a vote of 95-52. The legislation, S.115, gives same-sex couples the right to marry in Vermont. The bill will be brought up again Friday for final approval, then return to the Senate, where changes to language must be approved. Should the Senate OK …

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Vermont Marriage Vote Live Stream

I can’t embed their player, but you can go here to watch the Vermont House debate their imminent vote on marriage equality. The vote can come at any minute now.

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Anti-Gay Robocalls In Vermont

Vermonters reported receiving anti-gay robocalls from the New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage yesterday in advance of today’s House vote on marriage equality. The automated recording urged residents to call their legislators and demand a “no” vote. Desperation move? We should have the result of the vote sometime after 3pm. (Via JMG reader Rebecca)

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Vermont Marriage Bill Advances

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 …

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Howard Dean Calls On Vermont To Approve Marriage Equality

Former Vermont governor Howard Dean appeared before LGBT activists yesterday to demand that Vermont approve its pending marriage equality bill. A boisterous crowd cheered former Gov. Howard Dean’s support of Freedom to Marry legislation and health care reform Saturday at a Vermont Democratic Party reception at the Hilton Burlington. Dean’s emotional endorsement of both issues headlined his acceptance of the …

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Hundreds Protest Planned Marriage Veto By Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas

Vermonters are pissed about their governor’s planned veto of their marriage equality bill and today hundreds of them gathered at the state capital to say so. Hundreds of supporters turned out at the Statehouse Friday morning to rally support for the bill legalizing gay marriage, two days after the Republican governor made the surprise announcement that he would reject the …

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Contact Vt. Gov. Jim Douglas

Vermont Freedom To Marry is asking everybody to directly contact Gov. Jim Douglas and express your outrage/disappointment with his threat to veto the Senate marriage equality bill, S.115.Do it here. UPDATE: Here’s Sean Chapin’s response to Douglas’ veto threat.

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VT Governor To Veto Gay Marriage

Bad news. Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas says he will veto a bill to legalize gay marriage if it passes the Legislature. The Republican had said even before Wednesday’s announcement that he was against same-sex marriage. He also has said lawmakers shouldn’t have spent their time on the bill this session because of the economy and the state’s budget deficit. The …

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17 Year-Old Gay Vermont Youth Speaks Out On Marriage Equality

Meet our new hero, James Neiley. (Via – Bilerico)

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