Tuesday, April 07, 2009

How Fucking Awesome Is Vermont?

Today, Vermont legalized gay marriage. It's a little hard to believe that the Socialist Republic of Vermont was actually behind Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa (Iowa??) when it comes to equal rights for the LGBT crowd, but there's an important difference between Vermont and those other states.

Vermont's legislative branch made it happen.

In all the other states, it's taken a judge to look at the Constitution and see, why yes, discriminating against someone based on sexual orientation goes against, well, just about everything that the US Constitution stands for. Then the right starts shouting their accusations of "activist" judges, when really the judges are just doing their jobs.

But in Vermont, it's a different story. The state senate and legislature voted in favor of gay marriage. The Republican governor vetoed it. How the hell did Vermont get a Republican governor? Well, he ran against three people on the left who split each others' votes.

To override a veto in Vermont, it takes a two-thirds majority. The Senate overrode that shit soundly, 23-5. In the legislature, it was a squeaker, 100-49 - exactly what was needed and no more.

And now gays can marry in Vermont. No courts, just a equal-minded state government, governor notwithstanding.

Well done, Vermont, you Green Mountain living hippies.

So what the hell is wrong with New York that we're getting out-gayed and out-pinkoed? Next thing we know we'll be getting out-abortioned!

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