Vermont legislature approves same-sex marriage

The state House and Senate both voted to override the governor's veto and become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage through the legislature.

Published April 7, 2009 3:50PM (EDT)

On Tuesday morning, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first to do so through the legislative process rather than the courts.

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas had vetoed a bill allowing for same-sex marriage, but both the state House and the state Senate have now voted to override that veto. Two-thirds of each chamber had to vote in favor of the bill in order to pass it over the governor's objection, and both did so, with supporters just barely squeaking by in the state House.

The state has been a leader on the issue before; it was the first in the nation to provide for civil unions.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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