Same-sex Marriage

On Tuesday, April 7, 2009, Vermont became the first state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage through legislative action without a judicial order to do so.  S.115, "An Act to Protect Religious Freedom and Recognize Equality in Civil Marriage," was initially passed by the Senate on a vote of 26-4 on March 24, 2009, and then by the House on a vote of 95-52 on April 3, 2009.  As promised, Governor Douglas promptly vetoed the bill on Tuesday, April 7, 2009.  The Senate and House immediately convened to vote to override the bill and did so by a vote of 23-5 and 100-49 respectively, giving the legislature the necessary 2/3 majority to successfully override the governor's veto. The Act takes effect as of September 1, 2009.

In addition, reports, meeting notes, and other relevant documents related to the work of the Civil Union Review Commission, established in 2000 when civil unions were legalized in Vermont, can be accessed at: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/baker/cureview.cfm