Despite some downturns and disappointments in the struggle to recognize the equal rights of gays and lesbians in America (California’s Prop 8 being the biggest and most recent set-back), Vermont has proven that with perseverance and belief, the right thing can and will be done. So as of today, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. And they did it with a legislature’s vote of 100-49 overriding Governor Jim Douglas’ veto. The other states -Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa- received their approval from the courts.
Gov. Douglas’ remarks on the override:
“What really disappoints me is that we have spent some time on an issue during which another thousand Vermonters have lost their jobs. We need to turn out attention to balancing a budget without raising taxes, growing the economy, putting more people to work.”
While the economy is certainly a front and center concern, perhaps if Gov. Douglas were not allowed to marry the person he loved, he would feel differently. And he should recognize, both as a human being and a State Governor, that in difficult times like these, when so many feel dehumanized and are struggling, that something so basic as the right to marry and knowing you live in a country where everyone is equal, is as important to getting our country back on its feet and effecting how people feel about their daily lives and their own happiness as soothing the economic woes of individual states and the nation.
Look at the bigger picture Governor Douglas. It’s about people…