Gaining Momentum


Ears feeling a bit sensitive? Must be the right-wing cries of outrage. Just stuff some cotton wool in, pour some champagne, and get ready to toast not one, but two, victories for same sex-marriage.

Vermont just became the first state to legalize same-sex by legislation:

Yesterday, Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) vetoed a bill legalizing gay marriage that passed the state legislature last week. Now the legislature has voted to override Douglas’ veto: The Senate voted 23-5 in favor of the override, and the House voted 100-49. Vermont joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa as the only states where gay marriage is legal, and Vermont is the first state to approve gay marriage through the legislature.

And in D.C., the Council’s dished up some good news (h/t):

The D.C. Council has voted to recognize gay marriages performed in other states on the same day that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex unions.

Domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation’s capital. But yesterday’s vote, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognizes relocated gay married couples as married.

The initial vote was 12-0.

Unanimous, baby, yeah! Too bad Congress now gets a chance to stuff its Con-containing nose in, but still, a banner day.

That makes three within a week, folks. I sense momentum. It’s only a matter of time before the end of civilization as we know it. The poor frothing fundies, many of whom have barely gotten accustomed to the sight of interracial couples saying their vows, will now have to adjust to a world in which teh evil gays get to take the plunge. Their impotent sound and fury should be entertaining indeed.

Of course, with the sudden rush of gay weddings to attend, we may not have adequate time to point and laugh. Ah, the sacrifices we make for civil rights, eh?