Vermont becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through the legislature. And they did it big:
The Legislature voted Tuesday to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry. The vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. Under Vermont law, two-thirds of each chamber had to vote for override.
That’s a serious vote. And the fact that same-sex marriage is now legal in Vermont because of overwhelming support from the legislature is a major milestone, and will certainly shift the terms of the debate.
It’s a good day.