Vermont legislators override Repugnican obstructionism to make human and civil rights history

Vermont’s legislators today overrode Repugnican Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of legislation recognizing same-sex couples’ right to marry, making Vermont the fifth state to have achieved legalized same-sex marriage.

While same-sex marriage was a done deal in Vermont’s Senate, a handful of the state’s representatives had to be persuaded to change their votes in order to be able to reach the two-thirds threshold necessary to smack down the obstructionist Repugnican Douglas’ veto of equal human and civil rights for all of the state’s people.

This is more history in the making.

Vermont, which was the early leader in the push for same-sex marriage in the United States of America, is the fifth state to have achieved legalized same-sex marriage and is the fourth state that currently recognizes same-sex marriage, with same-sex marriage rights in California still being up in the air as the California Supreme Court decides whether or not to uphold Proposition 8, the ballot proposition that in November took away the same-sex marriage rights that the state Supreme Court had ruled in May belong to all Californians under the state’s Constitution.

As of today, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and now Vermont recognize legalized same-sex marriage.

Vermont is the first state to have achieved legalized same-sex marriage through its legislature, the Associated Press notes; the other states achieved legalized same-sex marriage via their top courts, which ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage violates their states’ constitutions’ guarantees of equal human and civil rights for all.

New Hampshire might be the next state to adopt legalized same-sex marriage.

The pink dominos are a-topplin’!

Since the California Supreme Court ruled in May that Californians are guaranteed same-sex marriage rights under the California Constitution, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont all adopted legalized same-sex marriage.

I can’t see how this fact won’t have an effect on the California Supreme Court justices’ decision (expected no later than in June) as to whether to uphold or strike down the results of Prop 8. The justices are, after all, human beings (even though six of the seven of them were appointed by Repugnican governors), and they do not exist in a political vacuum.

The toppling pink dominos, state by state, should only further convince the California Supreme Court justices that they made the right decision in May.

And history will show that the Repugnicans were nothing but obstructionist at best when it comes to same-sex marriage and other non-heterosexual rights.

The AP notes that the petulant, anti-democratic Douglas had huffed that there were other more pressing state issues than the rights of Vermont’s non-heterosexuals.

Sure, when your own rights are secure, as are stupid (presumably heterosexual) white man Douglas’, it’s pretty fucking easy to tell others to shut the fuck up and sit the fuck down when it comes to their rights, isn’t it?

The majority of those who oppose same-sex marriage are “Christians,” aren’t they? Did Jesus Christ not teach to do unto others only as you would have others do unto you? How many of these “Christians” who so casually want to deny others their equal human and civil rights would want their rights denied them? 

And isn’t the Repugnican Party the party that can’t shut the fuck up about “freedom”? If they’re so much about freedom, then why is it that it has been a long, hard struggle since the nation’s founding for anyone other than rich (presumably heterosexual) white men to have equal human and civil rights? 

Why has the history of the United States of America been one long struggle to force the powers that be (overwhelmingly rich white men) to actually live up to the wording in the nation’s founding documents, such as the Declaration of Independence’s guarantees of the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — and of equality for all?

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