Vermont legislators have passed a bill legalizing gay marriage. Governor Jim Douglas vetoed the bill on the grounds that Vermont has had civil unions for gay couples for almost decade, so adding the term “marriage” would serve no purpose. The Governor’s veto was overturned in the house and senate.
Mr. Douglas, in a legal sense adding the term marriage may serve no purpose, but nor in that sense does it serve a purpose for heterosexual couples. By denying the right to use the term you are relegating a portion of your citizenry to second class status. Fortunately, in this case, more sensible (and less bigoted) heads prevailed.
Way to go Vermont!