MONTPELIER, Vt. – The Vermont legislature on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of the bill that gives gays the same marriages rights as others.
The Senate voted 25-3 and the House followed with a 100-49 vote, just reaching the number of votes necessary. The new law takes effect Sept. 1.
With the veto, Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage, following Massachussetts, Connecticut and Iowa, which passed its own marriage-equality bill last week.
According to a CNN article, immediately after the vote in the House “corridors of the legislative building filled with jubilant supporters, some embracing and others talking on cell phones to spread the news.”
New Hampshire also has a same-sex marriage bill in play. It passed the House in March. Gov. John Lynch is in a situation similar to Douglas, who supported civil unions for gay couples but not marriage. According to the CNN story, Lynch has not indicated whether he intends to veto the New Hampshire bill.