Critical Marriage Vote in Vermont—Holding the Veto

by Corey Ann

by Corey Ann

Along the same thoughts as yesterday, Look at what is happening in Vermont.  Today in Vermont they have a vote that will determine the future of their state.  So far, gay “marriage” has steamrolled quickly through.  No vote from the people has been allowed, no referendum held, no input from the people at all.  In fact, just the opposite.  The opposition’s goal is to get this through as quickly and quietly as possible, BEFORE the people have a chance to fully examine the issue.

Think this is a fair vote?  These tactics ought to raise red flags right there.

In votes high on rhetoric and low on facts, votes that do not reflect the constituents’ viewpoints, Vermont’s legislators are climbing over themselves to be first in line to vote “gay marriage” into their state. In the Senate, the vote was nearly unanimous for same sex “marriage”.  In the house yesterday the vote came down 95 yes to 52 no.  Vermont is on the cusp of having the dubious, yet apparently much coveted title of being the first state in the union to actually VOTE gay marriage into the system.

Nice how that’s phrased.  The opposition wants to say “The people Voted!”  They want the line Californians have…but in name only.  The reality is that the Legislature is acting alone, and without the people.  In voting for the much ballyhooed “gay marriage” vote, these legislators also voted to flatly deny the people’s request for a referendum on the issue.  This referendum would have allowed the people to decide this important issue without government politics and interference.  That vote was denied by nearly the exact same margins.

It appears that a vote for gay marriage in Vermont is also a vote against democracy.

The ONLY thing holding the line against the abuse of power in this state is the Governor, Jim Douglas.  He has promised to veto the legislation.  He is the only one. He needs at least 50 votes to hold the veto.  He has currently 52.  The pressure is on the legislature today to turn a few of those votes.

Marriage has been trashed in this state by it’s legislature.  In California it was nearly the same.  The people voted their hearts, the legislature worked against them.  Why?  Because there is no opposition at the ballot box for voting against marriage and family.   And why is that?  Because the Federal Government binds religious family organizations and restricts their speech when it comes to actual politicians.

The threat of losing “tax exempt” status is the 800 pound gorilla in these elections that hushes the voices of reason on politician’s moral stances.

If the people don’t speak for themselves, they have few voices in the family arena who are free to speak for them.  This is why our states like California and Vermont have these runaway legislatures that actually work against the people.  This is why it is so critical that we as individuals stand up and make our voices heard.  The opposition has no Government imposed limitations.  Their organizations are free to speak and influence legislators, and to call them to the plate when it’s time for an accounting.

This issue will affect the children of Vermont, the families of Vermont and unless they stand up today, make their voices heard TODAY,  none of those families will get to have a say in what will ultimately affect them deeply.
—-Beetle Blogger

See this list of legislators and their votes.  The Democrats who voted no are under extreme pressure today by their party leaders to conform to the party line against families.  Since when did we have a party against families?

They need our support.

Take it to the People!

Craig Bensen, Editor

What Do We Do Next?
Help Our Representatives Sustain VETO

Thank you for all who turned out for our noon rally yesterday. News reports in today’s papers show once again that the press can’t count. We told them about Vermont Renewal’s Dwight MacPherson reporting passing out 420 pro-marriage stickers. The Burlington Free Press reported 200 at the rally.

Last night’s BIG VOTE was 95 YES – 52 NO.

== Just before Dinner Break the House defeated an Amendment to put the question to Public Referendum. The vote was 52 Yea to 96 Nay. ==

Today there will be a Third Reading of the bill and another vote before sending the bill to the Senate for a revote. The House version has some differences from the Senate bill that the Senate will be asked to approve — likely a Monday night vote.

WHAT WE DO NOW is to keep contacting our representatives, no matter how they voted. The issue is not settled until the last vote — “Will the House sustain Governor Douglas’ veto?”

The 52 NO votes are enough to keep the veto but we have to keep the votes. Some, especially the Democrats who voted NO will be under huge pressure to switch “for the sake of the party.”

The Democrat Representatives who voted NO need strong congratulations. And they need to hear “Please continue to vote your conscience and your district, not the party line.”

Representatives’ Contact Links

Find your State Representative(s) contact information here.

How they voted on S.115 (same sex marriage bill)

NO — Democrats in BOLD print

Joe Acinapura, R-Brandon
Steven Adams, R-Hartland
David Ainsworth, R-Royalton
Kenneth Atkins, D-Winooski
Sonny Audette, D-South Burl.

Joseph Baker, R-West Rutland
Clem Bissonnette, D-Winooski
Carolyn Branagan, R-Georgia
Patrick Brennan, R-Colchester
Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington
Bill Canfield, R-Fair Haven
Gregory Clark, R-Vergennes
John Clerkin, R-Hartford
Howard Crawford, R-Burke
Tim Corcoran, D-Bennington
Michel Consejo, D-Sheldon

Dennis Devereux, R-Mount Holly
Eileen Dickinson, R-St. Albans
Andrew Donaghy, R-Poultney
Debbie Evans, D-Essex
Peter Fagan, R-Rutland City
Peg Flory, R-Pittsford
Robert Helm, R-Castleton
Mark Higley, R-Lowell
Richard Howrigan, D-Fairfield
Ronald Hubert, R-Milton
William Johnson, R-Canaan
Duncan Kilmartin, R-Newport City
Thomas Koch, R-Barre Town
Joseph Krawczyk, R-Bennington
Leigh Larocque, R-Barnet
Richard Lawrence, R-Lyndon
Robert Lewis, R-Derby
Michael Marcotte, R-Coventry
Norman McAllister, R-Highgate
Patricia McDonald, R-Berlin
Francis McFaun, R-Barre Town
James McNeil, R-Rutland Town
John Morley, R-Barton
Mary Morrissey, R-Bennington
Linda Myers, R-Essex
Chuck Pearce, R-Richford
Janice Peaslee, R-Guildhall
Peter Perley, R-Enosburg
David Potter, D-Clarendon
Gary Reis, R-St. Johnsbury
Brian Savage, R-Swanton
Robert South, D-St. Johnsbury
Donald Turner, R-Milton
Scott Wheeler, R-Derby
Phillip Winters, R-Williamstown
Jeff Young, D-St. Albans City


Patricia O’Donnell, R-Vernon

(Will Vote NO)

Shap Smith, D-Morristown (Speaker)

Richard Westman, R-Cambridge.
YES– Republicans in BOLD print

Janet Ancel, D-Calais
Peg Andrews, D-Rutland City
Bill Aswad, D-Burlington
Charles Bohi, D-Hartford
Bill Botzow, D-Pownal
Christopher Bray, D-New Haven
Mollie Burke, P-Brattleboro
Margaret Cheney, D-Norwich
Alison Clarkson, D-Woodstock
Jim Condon, D-Colchester
Chip Conquest, D-Newbury
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, D-Bradford
Gale Courcelle, D-Rutland City
Susan Davis, P-Washington
David Deen, D-Westminster
Anne Donahue, R-Northfield
Johannah Donovan, D-Burlington
Sarah Edwards, P-Brattleboro
Alice Emmons, D-Springfield
Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln
Bill Frank, D-Underhill
Patsy French, D-Randolph
Eldred French, D-Shrewsbury
Frank Geier, D-South Burlington
Gary Gilbert, D-Fairfax
Maxine Grad, D-Moretown
Adam Greshin, I-Warren
Sandy Haas, P-Rochester
Helen Head, D-South Burlington
Martha Heath, D-Westford
Mary Hooper, D-Montpelier
Stephen Howard, D-Rutland City
Richard Hube, R-Londonderry
Tim Jerman, D-Essex
Willem Jewett, D-Ripton
Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero
Kathleen Keenan, D-St. Albans City
Warren Kitzmiller, D-Montpelier
Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier
Patti Komline, R-Dorset
Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes
Mark Larson, D-Burlington
Joan Lenes, D-Shelburne
Lucy Leriche, D-Hardwick
Bill Lippert, D-Hinesburg
Jason Lorber, D-Burlington
Terry Macaig, D-Williston
Steven Maier, D-Middlebury
John Malcolm, D-Pawlet
Ann Manwaring, D-Wilmington
Richard Marek, D-Newfane
Cynthia Martin, D-Springfield
Linda Martin, D-Wolcott
Jim Masland, D-Thetford
Jim McCullough, D-Williston
Virginia Milkey, D-Brattleboro
Alice Miller, D-Shaftsbury
Sue Minter, D-Waterbury
Mark Mitchell, D-Barnard
Anne Mook, D-Bennington
John Moran, D-Wardsboro
Mike Mrowicki, D-Putney
Floyd Nease, D-Johnson
Betty Nuovo, D-Middlebury
Anne O’Brien, D-Richmond
Michael Obuchowski, D-Rockingham
Scott Orr, D-Charlotte
Carolyn Partridge, D-Windham
Kathy Pellett, D-Chester
Peter Peltz, D-Woodbury
Paul Poirier, D-Barre City
Ann Pugh, D-South Burlington
Kesha Ram, D-Burlington
John Rodgers, D-Glover
Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe
Ernest Shand, D-Weathersfield
Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol
Megan Smith, D-Mendon
Kristy Spengler, D-Colchester
William Stevens, I-Shoreham
Tom Stevens, D-Waterbury
Donna Sweaney, D-Windsor
Tess Taylor, D-Barre City
George Till, D-Jericho
Kitty Toll, D-Danville
Larry Townsend, D-Randolph
Ira Trombley, D-Grand Isle
Linda Waite-Simpson, D-Essex
Kate Webb, D-Shelburne
Rachel Weston, D-Burlington
Jeff Wilson, D-Manchester
Suzi Wizowaty, D-Burlington
Kurt Wright, R-Burlington
John Zenie, D-Colchester
David Zuckerman, P-Burlington

We’ve got radio ads running, phone banks going. This costs hard cash. As I mentioned to a reporter this week, when all is done the other side will have outspent us 20 to 1.

This would be a great time for 100 people to donate $50, or 200 donate $25, etc. You know how it works. You can make online donations from our website at

Thanks for your support! Especially those who have already pitched in!
TIP, P.O. Box 4147, Burlington, VT 05406


1 Comment

  1. April 3, 2009 at 9:47 am

    […] read Beetle Babee’s commentary on the situation in Vermont, which I think is an interesting commentary on the situation all […]

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