Thursday, March 19, 2009

SSM Bill Vote Likely Tomorrow

Word in from the Burlington Free Press is that the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee has enough input and will vote on the same-sex marriage bill tomorrow, Friday, March 20th. As the paper put it:
In the wake of Wednesday's big public hearing, a week of testimony and hundreds of e-mails and phone messages, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to revise and vote on the same-sex marriage bill Friday morning.
Gov. Jim Douglas is still playing childishly coy about it, repeating his previous non-statements. He will say he thinks of marriage as between one man and one woman. He will not say if he'll veto the bill when it passes. His puerile response seems intended to keep all eyes on him — "I'm going to do what I think is right."

FP reporter Nancy Remsen concludes, "I guess we can feel safe in predicting he won't sign the bill. Would he let it become law without his signature or veto it? What are the political consequences of letting it become law versus a veto? Does he need to care?"

Friday Follow-Up: The FP has a detailed analysis, also by Remsen, in Friday's edition.

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