The Vermont Senate has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and the House is expected to do the same thing soon. Republican Governor Jim Douglas, however, stated today that he would veto legislation on the issue (affirming comments made by his spokesperson yesterday) [Editor's Note: The article on the veto threat has been substantially updated and includes far more information than when I first wrote this essay.]
Douglas stated that he will veto legislation authorizing same-sex marriage so that the state con focus on the budget and the economy. His spokesperson made the same argument yesterday.
This argument, however, is just a smokescreen designed to mask his bigotry. Although Governor Douglas claims that the same-sex marriage legislation consumes time that he could use to address the economy, he is spending the weekend engaging in a host of nongovernmental activities, including tree tapping, touring sugar houses, and attending a poster contest banquet. Hopefully, the Vermont media will uncover the contradictions and deceipt in his argument.
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