Senate Bill 115: “Marriage” = legally recognized union of two people.
Email the VT Governor: ask him to veto S. 115.
Find your representatives here: ask them to vote “No”
Friday, the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 to pass S. 115 onto the Senate floor.
The committee was made up of 4 democrats and 1 republican. Although the lone Republican, Kevin Mullin, at one point, proposed an amendment to the bill that asked for a statewide referendum— he abandoned his constituents and voted in support of the bill that literally crosses out the meaning of gender in marriage.
The bill is expected to pass both the House and the Senate, making Vermont the first state to force marriage redefinition on its citizens through the legislature.
So even though the state of Vermont allowed a lottery referendum, they won’t let the citizens decide (or even discuss?*) how marriage will be defined.
Perhaps the Republican Governor will veto, but he refuses to tell anyone his plans.
I think [Vermont legislative leaders] realize that with California, Arizona and Florida this last election, and with secular social science [supporting traditional marriage] … they had better do it now because they really don’t have any arguments for gay marriage since we already have civil unions. Civil unions provide — according to every legal expert that’s testified to this committee — every legal benefit and protection that Vermont can provide. The only thing they can get out of this is the social status of marriage."
The BP article also points out that in April 2008, the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection** issued a report that fell short of legalizing gay “marriage” because they found four areas that needed more research and review. Two of these questions included:
- What is the best science available today on the different impacts on children raised in different family structures?
- What has been the experience of the Massachusetts lesbian and gay couples who have married under MA law?
Even though the Senate Judiciary spent a whole week discussing the bill. There was no attempt to answer these questions raised by the democrat commission. (Read full article here)
*Oh wait, they did allow citizens to speak for one hour during a public hearing.
**The commission was made up of democrat leaders in the VT legislature.