Lawmakers in Vermont have introduced a
gay marriage bill.
The bill is sponsored by
Representatives Mark Larson (Democrat) and David Zuckerman
(Progressive), both from Burlington. A large crowd is expected to
gather in Montpelier, Vermont's capital, today for its introduction.
The event, sponsored by Vermont Freedom To Marry, begins at 11AM.
Fifty-nine co-sponsors have signed on
to the bill, none of which are Republican. But Republican House
Leader Patti Komline told the Rutland Herald that she would
support the measure.
“I consider it a civil rights issue,”
A similar bill is being sponsored by
Senator John Campbell in the Senate, but has yet to be formally
The state's governor, Jim Douglas, does
not support gay marriage, but has not indicated he would veto the
Gay activists in Vermont seem fairly
confident the bill will pass. Vermont was the first state to offer
gay and lesbian couples civil unions in 2000 after a state Supreme
Beth Robinson, chairwoman of Vermont
Freedom To Marry, told The Washington Blade that he likelihood
of passage was “very high.”
Gay activists are actively pushing for
gay marriage in the six state New England region. Already
Massachusetts and Connecticut offer gay nuptials. The remaining four
states – Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire – will be
reviewing gay marriage bills throughout the legislative session.