- The House passed this bill (HB436) by only a few votes 186 to 179 on March 27.
- It passed it only after reconsidering it following a one-vote loss.
- The Senate is not as strong on marriage equality as Vermont's is.
- Gov. John Lynch signed the civil-unions law two years ago, but hesitates here.
Likely Lynch's wisest course would be to say what he apparently believes — civil unions are good enough and marriage has long been one man/one woman — and then let the bill become law by his inaction. Surely if he makes the legislature come back with this again in the next session, it will be in a much stronger majority and he'll in the reactionary camp. I'm betting he has a safe, high-status job he wants to keep.
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