By now, everyone should know that the Vermont House and Senate voted yesterday to override the governor’s veto, making Vermont the fourth state to legalize gay marriage. Of course, that’s minus California, which allowed gay couples to get married for six months before Proposition 8.
How wonderful. The best analysis I’ve seen of this has been coming from The Anonymous Liberal, whose blog I’ve only just taken to reading daily. A.L. went out on a limb and guessed that ten years from now the Supreme Court will strike down all DOMA laws across the country, and soon enough gay marriage will be legal everywhere. Eventually we’ll look back and wonder how the Iowa Supreme Court could have ruled any other way: of course denying consenting adults the right to get married violates equal protection under the law. Of course!
I particularly like the A.L. finds posts by conservatives who disagree with him and then writes amazing rebuttals to their ridiculous proclamations.
Update: I failed to mention that the D.C. Council voted, in the wake of the Vermont vote, to recognize same-sex marriages in D.C. that have been performed elsewhere. According to the Times article above, Congress has the ability to veto the D.C. Council’s decision, which would bring the issue to the federal stage fairly quickly.
As far as I can remember, the only senators to go on the record for full marriage equality are Ted Kennedy, Russ Feingold, Lincoln Chafee, and Kristen Gillebrand and Chuck Schumer. Representatives, obviously, run a variety of a directions. If Congress does take up the D.C. Council vote, all I can say is they best not veto it.
I’ve been a longtime supporter of gay marriage, to the point that I literally cannot think of a time when it was not something I supported. But only recently have I become so vocal about it — with the recent changes in Iowa and Vermong, with Prop 8 in California, and living with my own partner, of a different sex than me, I feel really strongly that we should do everything we can as citizens to promote equality.
Going back to A.L., who notes that Iowa Rep. Steve King repeated the argument that somehow allowing gay marriage will prevent heterosexual couples from getting married, I would say the opposite is true. I know of more than one heterosexual couple who feels that it might be better to wait and get married when gay couples can too. In which case, those so-called sacred marriages King speaks of might be on the decline until they can take place in a country that priveleges equality for all types of love, not just the kind that he agrees with.