The Vermont House has joined the Senate and passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, whom I have argued qualifies for "Wimp of the Year," has threatened to veto the legislation. The House measure did not garner enough support to override a veto, should the governor follow through with his promise.
In some of his press statements, Douglas has invoked the name of President Obama (who also opposes same-sex marriage) and the urgency of the economy to defend his veto threat. The severity of the economy, however, has not prevented the governor from attending soirees for poster contest winners and attending sugar house tours.