Ellen Andersen

VT Becomes the 4th State in the Nation to Embrace Marriage Equality!

Filed By Ellen Andersen | April 07, 2009 11:02 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: marriage politics, Vermont, Vermont Freedom to Marry

Woo hoo! By my count, the vote was 100 to 49.

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OK, now let's wait for the "activist state legislator" meme to start.

It took about 30 seconds before comments on the Burlington newspaper's report on the vote to attract a string of comments about how the legislators who voted for the marriage bill and voted to override would lose their seats in the next election.

So the back-end of the marriage organizing: protecting the people who voted for it.

Ellen Andersen Ellen Andersen | April 7, 2009 11:30 AM

Nah. It's gonna be the "northeastern latte-sipping, Volvo driving, tax-and-spend liberals" meme. 'Cause, you know, those people are un-American.

Wasn't it "Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont, where it belongs." Apparently that is where it belongs.

Ellen Andersen Ellen Andersen | April 7, 2009 11:41 AM

Susan, you're absolutely right that we need to protect the people who voted for it, but I think nearly everyone (and maybe everyone) is going to be fine. When legislators in Massachusetts decided to derail the constitutional amendment process to void marriage equality, there was a pretty concerted effort to kick pro-equality legislators out. And a concerted effort to keep them in. And we won. In fact, we GAINED votes in the election. Fundamentally, I don't think most people in Vermont are going to base their ballot choices on this measure. What we need to do is to make sure that our votes counter the votes of radical anti-equality voters and that our money counters any anti-equality money that flows into a campaign. I think we can do that.

Ellen Andersen Ellen Andersen | April 7, 2009 11:43 AM

Hey Alex. I resemble that remark!

Gee, Ellen, how does it feel to move to a state and less than a year later, they have validated your marriage? Seems like it would be pretty amazing.

You picked the right time to move. We still miss you here, though!

Ellen Andersen Ellen Andersen | April 7, 2009 11:58 AM

I've actually got a post on this that you can read whenever, ahem, Alex reviews it and gets it up. I'm just saying.

I miss you too!

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | April 7, 2009 11:59 AM

We need to do everything we can to support those legislators who voted with us. They will need our help when they come up for re-election.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | April 7, 2009 1:03 PM

How many more states will it take before Obama reverses himself again and drops his pigheaded bigoted opposition to same sex marriage.