Lawmakers gear up for gay marriage override vote

Posted on 06 Apr 2009 at 11:47am
By Associated Press

Senate passed measure with enough votes to override veto; House tally was just shy of votes needed for override

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers are expected to vote this week — likely as early as Tuesday, April 7, — whether to override Gov. Jim Douglas’ promised veto of a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry.

The Senate has passed the bill by a wide enough margin to get the two-thirds support needed to override a gubernatorial veto. But the House as of late last week was a handful of votes shy of the two-thirds majority.

Supporters and opponents of gay marriage were expected to spend the weekend calling and e-mailing lawmakers in hopes of persuading them to vote one way or the other.

The Senate was expected to concur in House amendments to the bill. Then it would go to Douglas, whose office says the governor will veto it very quickly.

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