Vermont Gov. James Douglas announced Wednesday that he plans to veto a bill that would grant same-sex couples equal rights in marriage, if the bill reaches his desk.Good for Gov. James Douglas to ignore those who wish to make a mockery out of marriage and turn it into their own twisted version of "civil rights". Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice that should not catered to by the government. It's enough that two states in this country, Massachusetts and Connecticut, have been forced by activist courts to perform "gay" marriages". And I'm sure that legislators in Vermont have more important things to do than sanction sodomy within their state. Besides gays already have the "right" to marry just like everyone else. Why are civil unions (which to my knowledge contains almost, if not all, the benefits of traditional marriage) not good enough for gays? Because the gay "movement" has made it's most of its strides by jumping on the civil rights bandwagon of the 60's and what better way to dilute Christian doctrine but through government stamped perversion? About time somebody step up and say "no" to these bullies.
"I believe our civil-union law serves Vermont well and I would support congressional action to extend those benefits at the federal level to states that recognize same-sex unions," the Republican said in a written statement. "But, like President Obama and other leaders on both sides of the aisle, I believe that marriage should remain between a man and woman."
In a telephone interview, Vermont Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, the main sponsor of the bill, described Douglas' decision as "cowardly."
"You cannot veto love and commitment between two people," the Democrat said. "This is a civil-rights issue. It is time for the governor to show some courage."
The same-sex marriage bill passed 26-4 in the state Senate on Monday; the House was in hearings on the matter this week.