Vermont Senate Votes for Gay Marriage

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Vermont Senate Votes for Gay Marriage Bill

Just in from the Vermont Senate: The Senate voted for gay marriage, 26-4. The House vote will be later this week…it’s going to be closer, but how close is key.

“Next, it goes to a House committee, and then the full House, which also has a Democratic majority and is likely to pass the bill. The governor, Republican Jim Douglas, has said he’s against gay marriage – but hasn’t signaled whether he’d sign or veto the bill.” —

If Vermont lawmakers approve same-sex marriage, the state will be the first in the country to legalize gay nuptials through legislative means and not through litigation in court.  The people of Vermont have a small say in what their legislators do, make your voice heard!  Now is your chance Vermont!

It’s not too late.  Keep the pressure up!
—Beetle Blogger

Hear the proceedings in the VT Senate on Vermont Public Radio

Marriage under assault in VT…will another state be Lost?


Protect marriage! Help Get the word out on the Vermont Vote!  We have until 3pm today!

—Beetle Blogger


VT Senate Votes Today on SSM Bill! March 23, 2009

Marriage in Vermont is in jeopardy TODAY!

This afternoon, the Vermont Senate is holding a rare special session to vote on a handful of bills including S.115, the same-sex marriage bill. A vote on the SSM bill is likely to take place sometime after 3:00pm. Unless we take decisive action now, it looks increasingly likely that the bill may pass.

Please take action before 3pm today! Send emails to every member of the Vermont Senate to let them know how important protecting marriage is.

Even if you’re from out of state, help us send a message to the Vermont Senate.

And especially if you live in Vermont — TAKE ACTION NOW!

1. TAKE ACTION! Use this hyperlink to send a message to all 30 members of the Vermont Senate, urging them to respect marriage and the voices of their constituents by voting NO on S.115.

2. FORWARD TO A FRIEND! Then, click here to forward this email to five friends, especially anyone who lives in Vermont. We must get this email into the hands of as many Vermonters as possible before 3pm today!

Even if you sent a message to the members of the Judiciary Committee last week, please take action today!
Brian Brown

God bless,

Brian S. Brown
Executive Director
National Organization for Marriage
20 Nassau Street, Suite 242
Princeton, NJ 08542

Vermont seeks Marriage Referendum| S 115 Red Alert Assignment—An Army of Phone Calls

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Vermont Call your State Senators

We’ve blogged about the Vermont marriage situation here and here, but here is the latest update:

From Take it to the People:

Tomorrow afternoon, Monday, the Vermont Senate will hold a rare special session to act on several bills including the Gay Marriage Bill S.115. The bill will be voted upon sometime after 3 PM.

Senator Kevin Mullin will likely offer an amendment to the bill that would require a public referendum. Your Senator(s) need to know that you support the referendum and that you expect them to support it.

Please CALL your Senator(s) on this (emails are not as effective). Briefly and politely ask them to support this amendment — whether they are for or against Same-Sex Marriage. It’s only fair that the issue be put before the voters. After all, they do “trust their constituents” to do the right thing, right….

Senators who could use a little extra “encouragement” to support this include:

Mazza from Chittenden/Grand Isle: (802) 863-1067

Choate and Kitchel from Caledonia: (802) 748-2629 (Choate) & (802) 684-3482  (Kitchel)

Scott from Washington: (802) 223-5135

Senator(s) Contact Info: Remember to Call—It’s more effective

The contact info for all 30 Senators is included below. A call to the Statehouse at 1-800-322-5616 allows you to leave a message for them during business hours.

(D) Ayer, Claire D. (802) 545-2142
(D) Giard, Harold (802) 758-2577

(D) Hartwell, Robert M (802) 362-5757
(D) Sears, Richard W (802) 442-9139

(D) Choate, Matthew A. (802) 748-2629 & (603) 650-4268
(D) Kitchel, M. Jane (802) 684-3482

(X) Ashe, Timothy, (802) 318-0903
(D) Flanagan, Ed, (802) 862-3203
(D) Lyons, Virginia “Ginny” V., (802) 863-6129
(D) Miller, Hinda,(802) 862-7008 & (802) 660-4880
(D) Racine, Douglas A.,(802) 434-2013 & (802) 863-1141
(R) Snelling, Diane, (802) 482-4382

(R) Illuzzi, Vincent, (802) 334-2807
(D) Starr, Robert A., (802) 988-2877 & (802) 988-2281

(R) Brock, Randy, (802) 868-2300
(D) Kittell, Sara Branon, (802) 827-3274

(D) Mazza, Richard T.,(802) 863-1067 & (802) 862-4065

(D) Bartlett, Susan J.,(802) 888-5591

(D) MacDonald, Mark A., (802) 433-5867

(D) Carris, Bill,  (802) 438-5391 & (802) 773-9111
(R) Maynard, Hull P., (802) 773-3000  & (802) 773-3000
(R) Mullin, Kevin J., (802) 775-7631

(D) Cummings, (802) 223-6043
(R) Doyle, William T., (802) 223-2851
(R) Scott, Philip B., (802) 223-5135

(D) Shumlin, (802) 387-4447
(D) White, Jeanette K., (802) 387-4379

(D) Campbell, (802) 295-6238
(D) McCormack, Richard J., (802) 234-5497
(D) Nitka, Alice W., (802) 228-8432

<>Ruby Eliot

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