VT Legislature Prepares for Possible Marriage Veto Override

MONTPELIER — Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed same-sex marriage legislation Monday evening, sending the bill back to the Legislature today, where the votes to override the veto could teeter either way.

Douglas delivered the veto message swiftly, as promised. His veto message was waiting when the bill arrived from the Senate about 5:35 p.m.

“This legislation does not address the inequalities espoused by proponents,” Douglas said in his veto message. “Regardless of whether the term marriage is applied, federal benefits will still be denied to same-sex couples in Vermont.”

Douglas said he would support federal recognition of civil unions. “But I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman.”

The House and Senate are expected to vote today on whether to override. Whether supporters of the legislation can reach the two-thirds majority in the House is a looming question.

via The Burlington Free PressDouglas vetoes marriage bill 

That’s a new one: He vetoed the marriage bill because GLBT people are discriminated against under federal law?

And:  Gov. Douglas himself used the word “inequalities” — following the statement with his admission that he supports inequality.  Spread that around like wildfire.


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