Vermont House Judiciary Committee: Yes to Marriage Equality

Breaking news from the Burlington Free Press this afternoon. We’re one step closer to marriage equality in Vermont.

The House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of a same-sex marriage bill this morning, advancing the controversial legislation to the full House for debate Thursday.

The committee supported the bill by a vote of 8-2.

The bill, which passed the Senate last week and which faces a promised veto by Gov. Jim Douglas, would provide same-sex couples with the same rights as those of heterosexual married couples.

Committee members who voted for the bill were: Eldred French, D-Shrewsbury; Willem Jewett, D-Ripton; Richard Marek, D-Newfane; Cynthia Martin, D-Springfield; Kathy Pellett, D-Chester; Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe; Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg and Maxine Grad, D-Moretown.

Voting against the bill were Peg Flory, R-Pittsford and Andrew Donaghy, R-Poultney.

Patti Komline, R-Dorset, wasn’t in committee during the debate or this morning’s vote, though she has said she supports the bill.

The article goes on to quote some of the 1,500 letters that Vermont Governor Jim Douglas (R) has received since his announcement that he would veto the bill if it comes to his desk.