Vermont Senate Votes to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, First to Do So Without Court Order

by Benjamin Domenech on 11:57 am March 24, 2009

CNN — The Vermont Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to legalize same-sex marriage, potentially setting the stage for a high-profile legislative showdown and breaking a new political barrier in the state that made history in 2000 by becoming the first to approve civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

If the bill becomes law, Vermont will become the first state to legalize same-sex marriage without being forced to do so by the courts.

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