Equality In Vermont May Crumble Today
Last week I wrote with satisfaction about how the states of Iowa and Vermont were freed from marriage inequality on the same day. The Iowa Supreme Court decided that it was it was an unconstitutional violation of equality under the law to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The Vermont state legislature finished passing legislation legalizing same-sex marriage at about the same time.
Sadly, Vermont’s Republican governor, Jim Douglas, doesn’t support the idea of equality under the law. Never mind the Constitution of the United States – he’s vetoed Vermont’s marriage equality legislation.
Today, the Vermont legislature will be tested again. The Vermont House and the Vermont Senate will hold votes attempting to override the veto of Governor Douglas, not just with majorities, but with supermajorities.
It’s not at all clear that these supermajorities will form, and that’s because of the rather flaky disposition of Vermont’s swing legislators. Politicians like Sonny Audette, who said that he wanted to vote for the equality bill, but was forbidden to do so by his church, will be the deciding votes today.
Watch Vermont today, and hope that the flakes can muster the integrity to rise to the occasion.