Will New Jersey be next?
New Jersey gay activists are watching very closely the events in the state of Vermont this month. On Monday, March 23 the Vermont State Senate passed the marriage equality bill by 26-4. The vote was overwhelming in favor of LGBT equality and is the first in the nation to attempt to legislatively enact same-sex marriage. The bill will now go to the Vermont House where it is expected to pass later this month according to Vermont’s Democratic Speaker Shap Smith.
Vermont’s Republican Governor, Jim Douglas, said that he will veto the bill when it reaches his desk because he believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman. He also said, ” I’m sure that legislative leaders would not have advanced this bill if they did not have the votes to override a veto. I will accept the outcome of their vote either way.”