Friday, April 3, 2009
Vermont House of Representatives S.115 Approved!
Thursday Bill Approved 95-52: On Thursday the house of representatives heard many testimonies from other representatives. Same Sex Marriage proposers sat and watched as many members of the house spoke for and against S.115. You can view the entire debate video at the Burlington free press. ( Click here )
Representatives for the bill gave emotional speeches, some were brought to tears, others paused in the pain and more tears as well as lost for words. I too found myself weeping to the heart breaking stories. I cannot see anyone who could not feel the pain we feel everyday, the discrimination, the reason why we wish to get married and why it is the right thing to do.
As for the opposition, for the most part it was pretty much the same as you'd expect. The repeated "Marriage is traditionally between a man and a woman." One representative was honest about his decision who opposed the bill, that it was based on religious grounds, which despite my disagreement, it seemed that he honestly wanted to vote for the bill. However, I appreciate that he was honest and not hiding behind slogans like other's who opposed the bill did.
Votes came in heavily for the bill, 95 to 52, with absent members of the house. Representatives gave reasons for their decisions, I am also proud to announce that my home town's representative voted YES for the bill!
Friday Bill Approved 94-52: The vote did not decrease, various representatives were not available. One representative who was not there on Thursday showed up to vote yes for the bill. I estimate the total house of representatives for the bill is 97-53. Nevertheless, this means our fight needs to be taken to Governor Douglas and his plans on vetoing the bill.
Help Us, donate to Vermont Free To Marry, or contact the Governor and House of Representatives today! Contact the representatives and ask them to support vetoing the Governor's veto. A few members of the house who opposed the bill, already have come out and said they will vote to veto the Governor's veto, should he veto it.
Governor Douglas: Email ( Click Here ) or call 1-800-649-6825 - urge him to reconsider!
House of Representatives: Email or Call ( Click Here )