Vermont Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage; D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Unions from Other States

Double whammy time. They even overrode the governor’s veto…whew! From the L.A. Times:

The Vermont Legislature voted today to permit same-sex couples to marry–making it the first state in the union to legalize gay marriage through a vote of lawmakers rather than a court action.

The vote comes just four days after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled to permit gay marriage, and brings to four the number of states that allow gay marriage.

I use the L.A. Times story because the California Supreme Court is still deliberating over the legality of Proposition 8, and according to an accompanying linked article, is not killing the Times’ coverage of the Iowa and Vermont decisions. Which looks good, if you ask me.

Meanwhile, back at the District of Columbia (h/t to Feministe), the Council voted to recognize same sex marriages on the same day it was approved in Vermont:

Domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation’s capital. But today’s vote, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognizes relocated gay married couples as married.

The initial vote was 12-0. The unanimous vote sets the stage for future debate on legalizing same-sex marriage in the District and a clash with Congress, which approves the city’s laws under Home Rule. The council is expected to take a final vote on the legislation next month.

Come on, Cali!

~ by blksista on April 7, 2009.

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