Friday, April 03, 2009

So, is Vermont going to fall behind Iowa?

Putting Republicans in executive positions really isn't a good idea, the people of Vermont are finding out. The good news is the Vermont state house of representatives is only a few votes shy from beating back a veto -- and there's already a couple representatives who have promised they'd switch their vote should the Governor veto.

But, slights asides, let's celebrate today. Iowa's got marriage equality - and it's not going away. Not only does Iowa have a similar system as Massachusetts, where the legislature must approve potential amendments two years in a row, but it takes a majority of the votes - not the 25% low bar we have in the Commonwealth. Furthermore, Democrats control both houses in Iowa and have voted unanimously against a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the past, with several moderate Republicans joining them.

So, let's all welcome this important midwestern state for joining Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only states in the country who legally offer full equality to all its citizens.

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