Vermont today became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage — and the first to do so with a Legislature’s vote. The Burlington Free Press reports that Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry was overturned by a 23-5 vote in the state Senate and 100-49 in the House.
Excellent. Full Story Here.
Better yet -- it was done by the legislature, not by the court. There's a school of thought that civil rights should not be a subject to the whims of popular votes, which is true. But it's better for society when the elected representatives of the people are enacting this sort of legislation -- it shows that attitudes are changing and people are moving past their prejudices. Tactically, it's also less likely to provoke a backlash.