Breaking news: Vermont has just made history by becoming the first state to legalize gay marriage through the legislative process. The legislature voted to override Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing gay marriages by an overwhelming margin: the vote was 23-5 to override in the state Senate and 100-49 to override in the House. The state now joins Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa as the only states to allow same-sex marriages.
It will be interesting to see how right wing religionists react to this development. Typically, they argue that court-imposed gay marriage rights are a sham, because they override the traditional democratic, legislative process. (Apparently there is nothing wrong with deciding the basic rights of oppressed minorities by majority vote.) The Family Research Council, for instance, reacted with these words to last Friday’s decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage (see my previous blog entry for more on that decision):
Although liberals are celebrating the victory, same-sex "marriage" continues to be a movement driven by the liberal and judicial elite—not the American people. Four courts have managed to legalize same-sex "marriage," but none has done so democratically.
What new, post hoc rationalization will FRC and their brethren formulate in response to the Vermont legislature’s overwhelming democratic vote? Time will only tell. Stay tuned . . .