California Decision on Gay Marriage Could Influence Vermont
Posted on May 19, 2008
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Vermont lawmakers are predicting that if the gay marriage debate is resumed next year, the decision in California to allow marriage between same-sex couples could serve as ammunition, according to the Boston Globe.
Bari Shamas of the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force noted that “Vermont’s civil union law does not go far enough and this California decision matters. The Legislature will have yet another example of why it is important. Each time the wheels turn in that direction it helps create momentum that says this is really the right thing to do.”
Opponents of gay marriage agree that the California decision will greatly influence the issue, which is becoming a particularly popular topic of debate.
The California ruling confirmed that the state’s previous domestic partnership law, similar to Vermont’s civil unions law, is not sufficient in providing equal treatment of same-sex couples. The slim 4-3 ruling abolished California’s laws against same sex marriage.
The court’s decision, however, could possibly be overturned in November when voters have the chance to vote for an amendment to California’s constitution that would reverse the court’s decision and make same sex marriages illegal. California Decision on Gay Marriage Could Influence Vermont
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