Vermont House Takes Up Same-Sex Marriage Bill

MONTPELIER, VT– Vermont lawmakers have taken a step toward legalizing same-sex marriage.

The state Senate has voted 26-4 to approve a bill that would do away with civil unions in favor of marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

The measure now goes to the House, where hearings start today.

Gov. Jim Douglas, who opposes the bill, hasn’t said whether he will veto it if the Legislature passes it.

If the bill becomes law, civil unions in Vermont would still be recognized, but would no longer be granted.

Currently, only Massachusetts and Connecticut permit same-sex marriage.